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Kathleen Reddy-Smith, Class of 1971

Diplomat and Humanitarian

Kathleen Reddy-Smith

Kathleen Reddy-Smith's involvement as a student provided a strong hint that her future career would be based upon public service. Active as student body president and in the Greek community, she graduated from Marietta in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in history before going on to earn master's degrees at Georgetown, Harvard and the U.S. Naval War College in foreign service and public policy.

Entering the banking industry as a credit analyst for Fidelity Bank, she advanced to serve as an international credit specialist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve before entering the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981.

Her broad international experience has included postings with a variety of U.S. missions, to international organizations and to U.S. embassies working primarily with economic and monetary affairs. Her participation in the Bosnian peace process, role as economic officer with the U.S. embassies in Islamabad and Brussels and as Counselor for Economic Affairs at the American legation in Rome speak to her grasp of international affairs, diplomacy and to her economic expertise.

Most recently, Kathleen has returned from Europe to assume perhaps her most challenging role yet. She serves as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Government Task Force on Avian Flu and coordinates U.S. and international efforts to meet the global threat posed by avian borne disease.