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“A Conversation on U.S.-Venezuela Relations” with Chargé d’Affairs Jimmy Story
May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm$15 – $25
Join us for a virtual WorldDenver Speaker Series.
Events in Venezuela have been tumultuous for the past several years. From oil prices and resource scarcity, to dueling presidents and political strife, strategic US engagement in the country is critical for stability in the region. Chargé d’Affaires Jimmy Story leads the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), based in Bogota, Colombia, and will share his expert insight on US diplomacy on the ground. In conversation with Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, who has also served in transitional embassy settings, CDA Story will lend his first-hand perspective on current affairs and US engagement in Venezuela.
About the Speaker
James “Jimmy” Story is the Chargé d’ Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, located at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.
Most recently, Mr. Story served as Chargé d’ Affaires at the United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, until the temporary suspension of operations and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel due to security concerns.
Previously, Mr. Story served as Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Other recent position include Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office for the Western Hemisphere, Director of INL Office in Bogota, Colombia, and Senior Civilian Representative in Southeastern Afghanistan.
A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Story has also served in Sao Paulo as the Deputy Principal Officer and Political-Economic Chief; Brasilia as the Regional Environmental Affairs Director for South America; Washington D.C. in the Office of Marine Conservation in the OES Bureau; Maputo Mozambique as Economic-Political officer; Guadalajara, Mexico as a Consular Officer; and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the Ambassador’s staff assistant. He is the recipient of numerous State Department and interagency awards including the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.
Mr. Story grew up in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina and graduated with a B.A./B.Sc. in interdisciplinary studies from South Carolina College at the University of South Carolina. He also received a M.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He is married to Susan West Story, and they have one son, James McKelvey “Mac” Story.
About the Moderator
Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray joined the University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz as Director of Global Education after three decades in the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently as Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In addition to leading the Office of Global Education, Catherine will assist in study abroad program development, marketing, outreach, and expansion of opportunities for students to prepare for the global workforce.
Prior to service as Ambassador, Catherine served in a number of senior State Department positions including service at U.S. Missions in Egypt, Australia, Togo, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Mali, The Philippines, and Morocco. As Deputy Assistant Secretary in Washington she closely supported U.S.G. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. As Director of Overseas Employment she led the office responsible for U.S.G. overseas employment policies, hiring and compensation.
Her career and family adventures have taken her to over sixty countries for work, scuba diving, trekking, basketball, golf, and exploring. Before joining the State Department she worked in political staff positions at the city, state, and federal level in Washington, Wisconsin, and Hawaii. Her parents and extended family moved to Colorado over forty years ago and she is proud to finally call Denver home.
Catherine holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a M.S. in National Resource Management from the National Defense University.
Members & Partners: $15 (Code: WDMEMBER)
(Partners include World Affairs Council Affiliates and Community Partners)
CU Affiliate: $15 (Code: CUDENVER)