The Foreign Service Journal, March 2019

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MARCH 2019 71 AFSA NEWS AFSAWelcomes New Team Members AFSA welcomes new Labor Manage- ment Attor- ney Adviser Michael Wallace. Michael has a J.D. from The George Washington Uni- versity Law School and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Harding University. Michael is not new to the AFSA labor-management team, as he clerked with AFSA from October 2017 to June 2018. Before that, he interned with the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Government Services Administration, the Office of the Chairman at the Merit Systems Protection Board and the District of Columbia’s Office of the People’s Council. Michael can be reached at . l Joining AFSA as a senior adviser for strategic com- munications is Lynne Platt , a career public diplomacy officer with a personal rank of Minister Counselor who retired from the State Department in Novem- ber 2018. Lynne served as U.S. consul general in Vancouver and as embassy spokesperson in London, Paris and at the U.S. NATO mission. She was deputy director of the Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Program at Embassy Baghdad from 2008 to 2009, then served as head of the narcotics/law enforcement affairs section at Embassy Port-au-Prince. After joining the Foreign Service in 1994, her first assignments were to Cairo, Casablanca and the com- bined Near East Asia/South Asia executive director’s office. Lynne’s final assignment was as a State Department fellow at the Wilson Center. She and her husband, Jud Hamblett, also a retired Foreign Service officer, live in Washington, D.C. Lynne can be reached at n