The Foreign Service Journal, April 2022

AFSA NEWS 62 APRIL 2022 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL leaders to come to an agree- ment, implementing these increases in FY22. Rubin went on to address the exclusion of the Foreign Service from positions of authority. While the number of career professionals in leadership roles has vastly improved under the current administration, “it’s still not good enough,” said Rubin, “and too few people can now aspire to reach the top of the Service.” Many career colleagues are still awaiting Senate confirmation, and the Biden administration has not nomi- nated people for a host of ambassadorships as well as positions that do not require Senate confirmation. “We need to make this a more attractive career. You shouldn’t have to resign and go the political route to get a senior position,” he added. AFSA hosts a “View from Washington” session with Foreign Service retirees every quarter. n View fromWashington Continued from page 53 AFSA Welcomes New Publications Coordinator AFSA is pleased to welcome Hannah McDaniel to the FSJ team as publications coordinator. Hannah obtained her B.A. from the University of Montana in Mis- soula, Montana, in communication studies with a minor in interna- tional development studies. Recently, she completed an M.A. in peace and conflict management at the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel, as a Fulbright Fellow. During her fellowship, she explored the role of communication in social justice across the Israeli NGO sector, with a focus on sustainable, person-to-person approaches to conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Hannah grew up primarily in the Pacific Northwest (Wash- ington, Idaho and Montana), but also spent several years living in the rural Midwest (Texas and Kansas). Outdoor recreation, music and food scenes are among her favorite ways to connect with new places and people, and she looks forward to exploring opportunities related to all three in and around Washington, D.C. She can be reached at . n