Carolina Escalera

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Carolina Escalera is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State.  She is currently learning Arabic for her upcoming assignment as the Political Officer in Tunis, Tunisia, where she will cover the human rights and democracy portfolio. She previously served as the spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, she focused on building capacity for local journalists and highlighting public diplomacy across the interagency, receiving the Joint Civil Service Achievement Medal from the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff for her commendable service of major significance to the Department of Defense. Her previous assignments include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a Consular Officer and Surabaya, Indonesia as a Public Affairs Officer. Prior to the Foreign Service, she worked at the White House covering Latino Media and has over five years of experience as a journalist. Carolina was recognized by New America as a Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader in 2020. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a State Department Charles B. Rangel Fellow and a former Fulbright fellow. She is also a proud recipient of the Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship. Carolina speaks Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese.