Women's History Month 2011: Lycia Coble Sibilla

Office of Civil Rights
March 1, 2011

Lycia Coble Sibilla is the Community Liaison Office (CLO) program officer in the Family Liaison Office. She provides training, mentoring, guidance, advice and assistance to over 200 CLO coordinators supporting employees and family members in U.S. missions overseas. She is an EEO counselor for the Department and an associate member of Executive Women at State.

Ms. Sibilla has long been active in women’s issues both within and outside the government and has been a Foreign Service spouse for over 24 years. From 2005 – 2008 while in Vienna, Austria she was active with the American Women’s Association serving first as the charity distribution chair and then president. She was an NGO representative to the United Nations for the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) at the 2008 UN Vienna Forum to fight human trafficking.

Ms. Sibilla served as the Director for Europe and Eurasia at DC-based NGO, Vital Voices Global Partnership, where she developed curriculum, programs and trainings for the Global Leadership Institute (in collaboration with Georgetown University), and served as the key point of contact with women and organizations in the region. At the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1997-2000, she coordinated women’s issues programs as an assistant to the Ambassador, including spearheading preparations for the 1998 U.S.-Russia Joint Conference on Domestic Violence, which resulted in first time official recognition of NGO expertise on this issue by the Russian Government.

Ms. Sibilla worked in the White House in the National Security Office of the Vice President and at the President’s Interagency Council on Women. She helped to prepare and served on the U.S. delegations to the World Summit on Social Development and the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

Ms. Sibilla has also lived and worked in Copenhagen, San Jose, Havana, and Moscow.