JoEllen Gorg, Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, is a native of Oregon and a graduate of Carleton College, where she earned a BA in Japanese. She is a graduate of Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where she earned a MA in International Policy Studies, and National Defense University where she earned a MS in National Resource Strategy. As a Foreign Service Officer she has served in Tokyo, Kathmandu, Peshawar, and Kolonia. She served as a rover for the Africa Bureau assisting Embassies Mbabane, Monrovia, N’Djamena, Niamey and U.S. Mission Somalia. She served in Washington D.C. on the Japan Desk, and in Sapporo, Japan as the Principal Officer. She is currently on detail to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut as the U.S. Department of State Faculty Advisor where she is teaching and mentoring cadets in the Government Department. Before joining the Foreign Service she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.