Beth A. Payne, J.D., M.S.

Beth A. Payne, J.D., M.S.

Director, U.S. Department of State’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience

Beth Payne assumed leadership of the U.S. Department of State’s Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience in October 2016. She was a career Foreign Service officer from 1993 until 2016 and spent a decade studying and applying resilience skills and principles.

Her previous assignments include postings at the U.S. Embassies in Senegal, Rwanda, Israel and Kuwait and as the U.S. Consul General in Kolkata, India.  In 2003, she opened the Office of the U.S. Consul in Baghdad, Iraq, where she received the State Department’s award for heroism for saving the arm of a fellow Foreign Service professional.  Beth received a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 1989 and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College in 2008.  She enjoys photography, hiking, cooking and traveling.