Meet the Diplomat in Residence: Melissa Martinez

Do you have a passion for public service? Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a U.S. diplomat and represent the United States? Do you want to learn more about the steps you need to take to work on the forefront of diplomacy?

Melissa Martinez is the US State Department Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest. Martinez is a media and communications professional with over sixteen years of international and domestic experience in the U.S. diplomatic service. As a Public Diplomacy Officer, Melissa has spent five of her eight tours serving in a Public Affairs role. She most recently worked as the Diplomat in Residence for Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Prior to that, Melissa served as the Deputy Press Attach at the U.S. Embassy Mexico City, one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions in the world, and led her team in crafting messages for one of the United States’ most important bilateral partnerships.

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