Office of International Affairs

Karen Senhadji is the Director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and leads the three divisions of the office in facilitating, supporting, and coordinating DOI international activities to advance DOI’s mission and support complementary U.S. foreign policy priorities.

Kristy Bibb serves as OIA’s International Program Specialist. She is responsible for providing programmatic support to the office and to the international programs of DOI bureaus and offices.

Policy Division

David Downes is Chief of the Policy Division in the Office of International Affairs, leading a team that coordinates and represents the Department on cross-cutting international issues as well as bilateral and multilateral cooperation with foreign countries and international institutions.  

Ethan Taylor is a Senior Policy Advisor,coordinating and advising on policy relating to Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Ryan Close is a Senior Policy Advisor, coordinating and advising on policy relating to Canada, Arctic nations, Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand.

Brooke Hobbie is a Policy Advisor and serves as the Policy Division’s specialist on issues relating to Europe, Africa, and the Asia Pacific, as well as work with international institutions and cross-cutting issues, such as trade policy.

Passports Division

Tiffany Cephas is a certified Passport agent who processes all official passport requests and renewals for bureau international travelers as well as visa requests.

Crystal Franklin is a certified Passport agent who processes all official passport requests and renewals for bureau international travelers as well as visa requests.

Technical Assistance Division

Barbara Pitkin is the Chief of the OIA Technical Assistance Division and manages the Department’s International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP).

Cynthia Perera is the Deputy Chief of the Technical Assistance Division and the Regional Manager for DOI-ITAP’s Latin America and the Caribbean team.

Travel and Budget Team

Sharon Hooley is the Team Lead for DOI-ITAP’s Budget and Travel Team and is the Senior Budget Analyst.

Linda Burris is a Travel Coordinator for DOI-ITAP.  

Wendy Kennedy is a Travel Coordinator for DOI-ITAP.

Aynalem Tadesse is a DOI-ITAP Budget Analyst.

Program Team

Peter Keller is a Program Advisor, with senior-level responsibilities across the DOI-ITAP portfolio. 

Olivia Anton is an Assistant Program Manager for DOI-ITAP, providing support across the portfolio, with an emphasis on DOI-ITAP’s work in East Africa and Indonesia.  

Kossivi Amegan is an Assistant Program Manager for DOI-ITAP, providing support across the portfolio, with an emphasis on DOI-ITAP’s work in Morocco.  

Asia and Pacific Islands Region

Marc Weitzel is the Regional Manager for DOI-ITAP’s Asia and the Pacific Islands team.

Patricia Bickley is a Project Manager on DOI-ITAP’s Asia and Pacific Islands team and manages DOI-ITAP activities in Morocco. 

Sean Lawlor is the Assistant Project Manager for DOI-ITAP’s Asia and Pacific Islands team.

Jason Riley is a Project Manager on DOI-ITAP’s Asia and Pacific Islands team.

Africa and Middle East Region

Colleen Castle is the Team Lead for DOI-ITAP’s Africa and Middle East team. 

Stephanie Romanach is on detail from USGS as a Project Manager on DOI-ITAP’s Africa and Middle East team. 

Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Cynthia Perera is the Deputy Chief of the Technical Assistance Division and the Regional Manager for DOI-ITAP’s Latin America and the Caribbean team.

Christina Kish is a Project Manager for DOI-ITAP work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Isabel Long is the Assistant Project Manager for DOI-ITAP’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Olivia Sierra is a Project Manager for DOI-ITAP’s cross-regional energy initiatives.