As an undergraduate student at Spelman College, Breanna Green developed a deep interest in the Foreign Service. Stimulated by the example and encouragement of mentors such as Spelman alumna Ambassador Ruth Davis, the first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, Breanna felt a call to service. Learning about the Rangel Program showed Breanna a way to realize her career goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer (FSO). Breanna currently serves in The Operation Center, the nerve center of the U.S Department os State. She recently completed an assignment in Madrid, Spain.
According to Breanna, being an FSO gives her “the ability to serve my country, the potential to help change lives, and the ability to travel and live in different countries, cultures and societies.” She was able to make a positive impact during her first assignment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where she served as the Political and Military Officer. She found the work fulfilling and diverse and believed it gave her the opportunity to exercise leadership and develop new skills. Among her many accomplishments was helping to expand cooperation with the government of Burkina Faso on UN issues and coordinating U.S. military training programs and donations.
Breanna said that she is proud to serve as an example of an African American woman to the rest of the world. Ultimately, she hopes to “make a positive impact on the way women of color are viewed not just within the Foreign Service, but by people from other countries as well.” Working with the Defense Ministry at her first post gave her the opportunity to do just that. “I participated in Defense Ministry meetings where I was often the only woman in the room,” Breanna said.
Above all, Breanna values the counseling and the financial support she received as a Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Program introduced her to current and former diplomats, Members of Congress and FSOs abroad. Without the worry of paying for school or a finding a job after graduation, the Rangel Program gave her the ability to fully concentrate on her studies while in graduate school at American University. To this day, she still keeps in touch with the Rangel Program staff and all of her colleagues in the 2004 Rangel cohort as they all work toward making the Foreign Service more diverse and representative of all Americans.