|Candace Bates, a 2003 Rangel Fellow, is currently working on population issues in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. As one of three full-time population policy officers in the Department, Candace has the responsibility of implementing policy and managing inter-agency coordination on all matters related to U.S. international population policy and its integration in overall U.S. foreign policy. She enjoys maintaining positive relationships with other governments and a few United Nations agencies in order to work toward progress in the lives of women and girls around the world, particularly in regards to reproductive health and rights.
Candace hails from Mobile, Alabama, and attended Florida A&M University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She joined the Foreign Service in 2006. She has worked on consular issues in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, served in Dublin, Ireland, and worked on international communications issues in the State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Her favorite things about the Foreign Service career are meeting interesting people, travelling and experiencing different cultures, the flexibility to take on a variety of jobs in one career, and most importantly representing the U.S. abroad and helping fellow U.S. citizens in distress.