The Foreign Service Journal, November 2023

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 2023 63 AFSA NEWS AFSA Welcomes New Grievance Counselor Erin Kate Brady joins the Labor Management team as AFSA’s newest grievance counselor. In this role, Erin Kate supports AFSA members throughout the grievance process and appeals to the Foreign Service Grievance Board. Additionally, she conducts legal research on issues and policies affecting AFSA members. Erin Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in international business with a focus on business ethics and legal studies from the University of Denver in Colorado. She also has a J.D. from the Catholic UniverErin Kate Brady New Associate Editor Joins the Journal Please welcome Donna Scaramastra Gorman, who is joining AFSA as associate editor for The Foreign Service Journal and is responsible for AFSA News. If you think you’ve read this story before, you’re right: Donna previously held the position from 2017 to 2019. Donna is a writer whose work has been published in Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, and many other outlets. She is also the author of the book Am I Going to Starve to Death?: A Survival Guide for the Foreign Service Spouse (2015). Donna and her recently retired spouse, Bart, along with their four children, New FSJ Associate Editor Donna Gorman The board met in person at AFSA headquarters, with some members joining virtually via a hybrid system. The board voted to approve the Audit Report and Letter to Management unanimously. n AFSA Governing Board Meeting, September 20, 2023 sity of America, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C. While pursuing her legal education in the evening, Erin Kate worked on eBay, Inc.’s government relations team, where she focused on federal policies affecting small business sellers across the nation. During law school, Erin Kate acted as a student attorney for the LowIncome Taxpayer Clinic, providing representation to low-income taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, she was an SEC Legal Scholar within the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, supporting investigations for potential violations of federal securities laws. In her final summer of law school, she gained valuable international legal experience as a legal intern at Kubas Kos Gałkowski in Krakow. Erin Kate is originally from central Illinois and enjoys outdoor adventures. She recently took up pickleball and is hoping to explore more hiking destinations around the D.C. area with her dog. n have previously been posted in Moscow (three times), Yerevan, Almaty, Beijing, and Amman. “I’ve held so many great jobs in the past—assistant public affairs officer, human rights reporting assistant, CLO,” says Donna. “But I always loved being part of the Journal team, and I’m excited to be back.” We will miss former associate editor Julia Wohlers, who is on her way to join the newest A-100 class, but are thrilled to welcome Donna back into the fold. n