On Political Stability, Countering Violent Extremism, and Tandem Couple Life in the Foreign Service
WHEN Thursday | 3 Dec, 1:00 PM
WHERE Zoom online
Jeffrey Rands currently serves as a Stabilization Officer working on diplomatic efforts related to political instability, security sector stabilization, and countering violent extremism in the Middle East. Since 2010, Rands has done consular work in Qatar, worked on trade agreements in South Korea, helped the Egyptian government secure IMF loans and American corporations invest in Egypt, and was a counter-narcotics officer within the International Law Enforcement Section in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a business strategy consultant and received a BA in International Relations from BYU and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Lynnett Rands served as a diplomat at U.S. Embassy Kabul covering the Women and Civil Society portfolio within Strategic Engagement in the Public Affairs Section. She chaired the cross-sectional Embassy Gender-Working Group that coordinated efforts to address gender issues in Afghanistan, working closely with UN Women and USAID with their programs, and managing multi-million dollar U.S. grants for programs benefiting women, youth, and other civil society organizations. Rands received a BA in Political Science from BYU where she participated in Washington Seminar and Model UN and then received a JD from the J. Reuben Clark Law School where she now works as the Dean of Communications