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Katherine Duffy Dueholm

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Director for Mexican Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Full Biography

Katherine Duffy Dueholm is currently the Director for Mexican Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and from January – September, 2021 served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and Mexico. She was the Director for Caribbean Affairs from 2018-2020 and the Director for Regional Affairs in the Department of State's Legislative Affairs Bureau from 2016-2017. Prior to that she served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Timor-Leste, including over six months as Charge d'Affaires. Her other overseas assignments include Botswana, Germany, Guyana, and Brazil. In Washington, she worked as a Special Assistant to then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; served on detail to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office as Deputy Director for the U.S-Chile Free Trade Agreement; and worked on North Korean issues. Before joining the Department of State, in 1993 she worked in the White House supporting the successful passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Ms. Dueholm was formerly President of the Board at the American School of Brasilia and Treasurer of the National Capitol Area YWCA in Washington, DC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University, and Master’s Degrees from the George Washington University and the National Defense University. She and her husband Mark have two children, ages 20 and 16.