Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013: Mariju Bofill
Mariju Bofill, a Foreign Service officer, is currently a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. Immediately prior, she was the country desk officer for France, Malta, and Monaco and staff assistant for the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs. She has served overseas in Ecuador and Mexico.
From 2009 to 2011, Mariju was Chair of the Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA) at the State Department in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, she increased the organization's profile, doubled membership, and established AAFAA activities such as the Senior Leadership Dinner and month-long activities to celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Mariju received the 2011 Department of State Equal Employment Opportunity Award for “exemplary leadership and personal integrity in advancing Equal Employment Opportunity for employees at the U.S. Department of State and for tirelessly promoting diversity through activities as Chair of AAFAA.”
Mariju’s commitment to the AAPI community began before she joined the State Department. A Presidential Scholar of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association while a student at American University Washington College of Law, she was president of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and a law clerk in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Mariju was also a policy analyst at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium in Washington, DC.
Mariju remains active in Department of State recruitment efforts and has served as a Hometown Diplomat. In Paris, Mariju is a member of the Tri-Mission Diversity Committee.