Heather and Rush are very excited to be joining the consulate public affairs team! Heather comes to Erbil after having spent three years in Kenya, and also serving in Ukraine, Mauritania, and a short assignment to Turkey. Rush has previously served in Nigeria, Mexico, and South Africa, and was most recently in Washington working in the Office of Southern African Affairs. Heather will be managing grants to institutions working on preserving the cultural heritage of Iraq for all of humanity, and bringing specialized speakers to the region – for example on water, social media, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship. Rush will be managing our three American Corners and our EducationUSA program, which works to facilitate education exchanges. Both Rush and Heather have a love for the unique and rich culture of the Kurdish people, and look forward to meeting as many people as possible and exploring this beautiful country!