Christina “CJ” Hernandez, a Foreign Service officer, will discuss the importance of diplomacy and how her career and world travels have shaped her. Hernandez serves as the regional director for the Office of Foreign Missions serving diplomatic missions from 106 countries in Southern California and Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. She specializes in operational/management services, human rights, and consular programs. Hernandez has served in Merida, Mexico, Washington, D.C., Budapest, Hungary, and Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she managed major acquisitions and public/private partnerships for the U.S. Air Force at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and at the Defense Logistics Agency in Germany and Italy. Hernandez received an MS in human resource management from Utah State University and a BA in communications from Weber State University.