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Vallera Gibson

Vallera Gibson is a career Foreign Service officer with 15 years of government service. Currently, she is a course coordinator and instructor for the orientation courses for new Foreign Service professionals. Gibson joined the Orientation Division at the Foreign Service Institute in March 2015. 

Gibson is a Management career track officer and has previously served as a Vice Consul and Economic Officer in Haiti (2008-2010), Public Diplomacy Officer  in Conakry , Guinea (2010-2012) and Management Officer in Brazzaville, Congo (2013-2015). She began her professional career as an Army officer and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the State Department. 

Gibson received her B.S. from Georgia College and State University, and her M.P.A. from Troy State University. She speaks French and Haitian-Creole. During her free time she enjoys working with public service organizations and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Diplomat In Residence Gibson

About the Program

With the diplomat-in-residence program, the International Affairs Center provides the College with a direct link to the U.S. State Department as well as other government agencies with an international focus. The diplomat-in-residence also serves as a resource to faculty and students, makes classroom presentations, serves as speaker at international events, and counsels students who plan to take the Foreign Service Examination. The diplomat is also available to talk with students interested in careers with the U.S. Department of State.


Former Diplomats-in-Residence at Spelman

  • Isiah Parnell
  • Mark Powell
  • Hugh F. Williams Jr.
  • Terrence K. Williamson
  • Paul Edward Row
  • Sylvia G. Stanfield

Contact Us

International Studies
The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center

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