Women's History Month 2011: Sharon C. Cooke
Sharon has been a Foreign Affairs officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor for 6 years, currently covering conflict and post-conflict countries in West Africa. She is also a co-chair of the Executive Women@State Associates Committee. She joined the Department's civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2004, and is a former participant in the Department's Miner Elementary Tutoring Program and the Civil Service Mentoring Program. She has received two Meritorious Honor Awards and one Certificate of Appreciation for her contributions as an editor of the Department's annual Human Rights Reports for Africa.
Prior to joining the Department, Sharon was a Malawi desk officer at USAID, a State Department intern (Costa Rica), Peace Corps volunteer (Senegal), retail manager, and bank manager. Sharon holds a master's degree in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and bachelors in economics from Boston University. She is a London-born, Boston-raised West Indian with ancestral roots in the island of Montserrat and speaks Spanish and French. Sharon is a proud soprano member of the All Souls Jubilee Singers and The KUUMBA Players Community Theatre. In 2009, she was honored to be part of the Peace Corps contingent in the inaugural parade of President Barack Obama.