The Foreign Service Journal, September 2021

PHILIP A. SHULL RETIREE REPRESENTATIVE Philip A. Shull retired in 2016 after 31 years with the Foreign Agricultural Service. A native of Wooster, Ohio, his interest in food security and international relations was sparked by living as a boy in India, where he saw severe malnutrition. Mr. Shull’s work maximizing exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and promot- ing global food security included trade negotiations, capacity building, food safety, biotechnology, marketing and promo- tion, scientific exchange and economic analysis. His overseas assignments included Korea, Argentina (including Uruguay and Paraguay), Hong Kong, the Philip- pines and three postings to China. His final position was Minister Counselor for agriculture in Beijing. Throughout his career, Mr. Shull built coalitions with col- leagues in like-minded embassies and host governments to achieve common goals in food security, food safety, agricul- tural sustainability and rules-based trade. He relished work- ing with colleagues in other sections of the U.S. embassy he served in to promote a broad range of U.S. commercial, technical and public diplomacy outreach. He joined the AFSA Governing Board in 2019. n JOLISA BROOKS USAID REPRESENTATIVE Jolisa Brooks is a Foreign Service officer serving as climate adviser in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security’s Center for Resilience. She is first vice president of the USAID Harry T. Moore Chapter of Blacks in Government and chairs the agency’s Environmental Equity and Justice Advisory Board. Ms. Brooks previously served as the Dominican Republic’s regional environmental officer and climate integration lead. She is the co-founder of the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo Council on Equity and Intercultural Affairs. She served in the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean where she con- tributed to the Regional Sustainable Development team as a biodiversity and climate adviser. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked in the cor- porate social responsibility sphere. She has worked on foreign policy as a legislative fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ms. Brooks is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political theory and science, technology and environmental policy. She also holds a master’s degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Environment, where she focused on energy sovereignty. n AFSA NEWS 62 SEPTEMBER 2021 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL