The San Diego Diplomacy Council is pleased to partner with San Diego State University’s Center for Advancing Global Business to present Congresswoman Susan Davis and Ms. Annie Pforzheimer, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan. The E-Talk-About Event will take place over Zoom next Tuesday, June 2 at 5 PM Pacific Time. Congresswoman Susan Davis will give a welcoming remark and Ms. Pforzheimer will give “A Briefing on Afghanistan: How We Got Where We Are Today”. She will discuss the trajectory of US engagement in Afghanistan, the international civilian and military efforts and the Afghan government’s role, and where the situation stands as the parties’ approach peace negotiations.
Ms. Pforzheimer is a retired career diplomat with the rank of Minister Counselor from the U.S. Department of State, a Senior Non-Resident Associate at CSIS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a public commentator on Afghanistan and rule of law issues. She was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan until March 2019 and from 2017-2018 was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world, during a period of both intensified violence and the beginnings of the ongoing peace process. Her thirty-year diplomatic career focused on security, rule of law, and human rights policy. She managed the implementation of the Obama Administration’s Central America strategy, overseeing a government-wide effort to resolve the drivers of uncontrolled migration to the United States from that region.
Since 2001, Congresswoman Susan A. Davis has proudly represented California’s 53rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Susan is a senior member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, serving as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment. She is also a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on House Administration. Susan’s signature issues include education, health care, defense, veterans’ affairs, and election reform. Prior to Congress, Susan served six years in the California State Assembly and nine years on the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education. After growing up in northern California and graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Susan earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Mid-City resident, Susan has been active in the San Diego community for four decades. She is married to Dr. Steven Davis and they have two sons and three grandchildren.