Patricia Scroggs currently oversees Howard University’s implementation of five diplomatic fellowship programs for three U.S. government agencies. She has been managing the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program for the U.S. Department of State since 2006. She also oversees the State Department’s Thomas R. Pickering Program, USAID’s Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program, the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Foreign Service Fellowship Program, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service International Agricultural Fellowship Program, and the DEIA Champions Sponsorship Program for mid-career and senior State Department Foreign Service Officers. The diplomatic fellowship programs recruit and prepare outstanding and diverse individuals for Foreign Service careers. Patricia is committed to creating opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups to pursue careers of international service and to strengthening the U.S. government’s foreign policy and programs by ensuring the inclusion of individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Patricia joined Howard University after 20 years of service in Asia, Latin America and Washington as a Foreign Service Officer. Until November 2005, she served as the Director of the East Asian and Pacific Bureau’s Office of Regional and Security Policy. In this capacity, she led a large office that handled security, multilateral affairs, counterterrorism, strategic planning, foreign assistance, congressional affairs and transnational issues for the Asian-Pacific region.
In addition to traveling to over 20 countries, her overseas posts included Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, Korea and Mazatlan, Mexico as a Foreign Service Officer. During Washington assignments, she was Chief of the Asia, Near East and Africa Division in the Trade Office; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and an Economic Officer and a Science, Technology and Environment Officer in the Office of Japanese Affairs.
Her languages are Japanese and Spanish. She has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and did considerable leadership, management, language, and area studies trainings at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.