Valerie Chittenden is a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She most recently served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Her previous assignments include Ankara, Kabul, Bishkek, Dubai, and Moscow. Ms. Chittenden greatly enjoyed her assignment as an instructor at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, where she had the opportunity to teach new Foreign Service Officers as well as other Department employees. Prior to joining the Department of State, she held positions ranging from teaching English as a Second Language to working in the travel industry.
Valerie Chittenden has always been interested in foreign languages and international travel. She graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Russian Language and Linguistics and earned a MA in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. Ms. Chittenden speaks Russian and Turkish. She studied Dari, Farsi, and is working on Turkmen. A proud native of Baltimore, Maryland, Valerie enjoys plotting new travel adventures, including road trips and culinary classes.