Catherine Pierce – EFM Co-Chair

Catherine has served as the AAFSW’s EFM Employment Committee Chair since 2016. In 2018, she received AAFSW’s Lesley Dorman Award for “outstanding service in all aspects of the organization”. She oversees the Champions of Career Enhancement for EFMs (CCE-EFM) Award with committee members, and advocates for EFM employment matters.

Catherine will join U.S. Embassy Montevideo, Uruguay in the Economic section in October 2023 – a seventh overseas tour. Previously, she served as the first Community Liaison Office (CLO) Coordinator in three years at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq from July 2022, taking care of the well-being and morale of a mission of about 2,600 people from 40 nationalities.

Prior to her tour in Baghdad, she was an Economic Professional Associate at U.S. Embassy Beijing, China for four years. She has also served in Washington, D.C.; Budapest, Islamabad, Mexico City, and Dakar. Before the Foreign Service, Catherine was the Director of Marketing and Communication for Europe, Middle East and Africa for international Information Technology companies based in Paris, France, her native city. Catherine speaks French and Spanish.  She holds a post-master’s degree in management of international Projects, a Master in economics and a Master in English from La Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

She has two adult children.