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Diplomat in Residence

Ambassador Lewis Lukens

Working for the U.S. Department of State

Meet the Department of State Diplomat in Residence - Ambassador Lewis Lukens

The Internship and Career Center is honored to participate in the U.S. Department of State's Diplomat in Residence Program. We are proud to introduce Ambassador Lewis Lukens as the State Department's current representative to UC Davis.

Ambassador Lewis Lukens assumed his duties as Diplomat in Residence in September 2014. Most recently he served as US Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, managing bilateral relations with both West African nations. Prior to that posting, from 2008-2011, he was Executive Director of the State Department’s Executive Secretariat. In that capacity he led a team that provided all logistical and travel support to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior-level State Department officials. Lewis traveled over half a million miles with Secretary Clinton, to almost one hundred countries. From 2005 to 2008 he was Consul General in Vancouver, British Columbia, leading an interagency team that handled US relations with western Canada.

Lewis has also served as Executive Secretary at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Management Counselor at the US Embassy in Dublin, and Senior Director for Administration at the National Security Council. Earlier posts include Australia, Cote d’Ivoire, and China, as well as several jobs in the Department’s Executive Secretariat.

There are many ways you can benefit from the Department of State's Diplomat in Residence program. This year, Lewis will:

  • Represent the Department of State at Career Fairs and other events
  • Engage in outreach to underrepresented students
  • Guide candidates through the Foreign Service application and examination process
  • Inform students about internship opportunities with the Department of State
  • Hold student appointments and answer staff, faculty, and student questions via email

For more information on State Department careers and student programs, visit their award-winning website (, which answers virtually all the basic questions anyone may have about career paths and internships within State’s offices throughout the United States and at 265 locations overseas.

Lewis welcomes inquiries and referrals from the university community. However, because he covers a large territory from his base at Cal, he urges you to first completely review the information available on this website before making an inquiry. Lewis can be contacted via email. The DIR Office is located in the Career Center at:

University of California at Berkeley
2440 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-4350
Phone: 510.642.8125
Fax: Fax: 510.642.6987

Live in Southern California?

Michelle G. Los Banos
If you are from SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA and have already graduated and moved back, don't worry; there is a Diplomat in Residence in the Department of Public Affairs at UCLA. Michelle G. Los Banos can help you if you need assistance and can't come to Berkeley.

About Michelle: Foreign Service Officer Michelle G. Los Banos will serve as UCLA’s new Diplomat in Residence for the 2014 – 2016 academic years. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as Diplomat in Residence for Southern California and Hawaii and will be housed in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. 

Los Banos will serve as a resource to students and graduates interested in working in the Foreign Service and at the Department of State.  She will be attending career fairs and conferences, as well as holding informational sessions and meetings with students by appointment.

In addition to her duties as Diplomat in Residence, Los Banos will also serve the Luskin School of Public Affairs as a Senior Fellow mentoring students from across all three departments.

“I am extremely excited to support my organization and help strengthen our future diplomatic corps by recruiting talented and diverse individuals to work for the State Department,” Los Banos said. “Being a Senior Fellow and getting to work with students who might share similar interests is also very exciting. It will give me a chance to share the experience and knowledge that I’ve gained in the world of diplomacy with someone who might be passionate about public service.”

Los Banos holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Her 12-year career in the Foreign Service has taken her to Ankara, Turkey; Managua, Nicaragua; Rome, Italy; as well as State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C, where she most recently served as Deputy Division Chief in the Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Banos is also excited to be back in her home state.

Michelle G. Los Banos
Department of Public Policy
Box 951656, Rm. 6381
Public Affairs Bldg.
Los Angeles, CA. 90095-1656
Phone: 310.206.2552
Fax: 310.206.0337

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Additional Resources:
Working for the U.S. Department of State
U.S. State Department Dimensions (qualities they look for in Foreign Service Officers)
So You Want to Be a Diplomat - an article by former diplomat, Les McBee