Foreign Service Officer to headline October Alumni Mentor program

Oct. 9, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A 2000 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School, Elizabeth Holcombe, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, will be returning to CLHS to give a presentation to students on Oct. 14.

Holcombe earned her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to studying Chinese language, history, and philosophy at Calvin, she spent a semester abroad at the Beijing Institute of Technology. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Yewwah International School in Yantai, Shandong, China for two years.

In 2009, she left graduate school at Indiana University to take a job with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In her 10 years with the federal government, she has served three tours overseas and one domestically. She worked as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulates General in Istanbul, Turkey, and Shenyang, China. Her last overseas tour was at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, China, where she served as a consular manager. She recently completed an assignment as a policy instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. government’s premiere foreign affairs training center.

She is currently studying Urdu for her onward assignment in Karachi, Pakistan.

The presentation will begin at approximately 11:35 a.m. in the PFC.

Students, if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mrs. Erdos at if you plan to attend. Lunch will be provided to those that attend.

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