U.S. public affairs officer to Republic of Congo speaks to high school students

Vanessa Rozier, a 2005 Jonathan Law High School graduate, visited Jonathan Law today to speak to the senior class, the Model UN students, school newspaper staff, and broadcast journalism students.

“Vanessa is a true Milford success story and her journey after high school is as fascinating and impressive as her current position,” said school Spokeswoman Kathy Bonetti.

Rozier currently is serving her first two-year post as the public affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, representing the United States government in this central African country.

Upon graduation from Jonathan Law in 2005, Rozier earned an academic scholarship to study journalism at Howard University. She spent her summers interning for Dow Jones Newswire in Naples, Fla., and reported for the Bloomberg News-Washington Bureau, covering the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign. She became the editor-in-chief for the daily Hilltop newspaper her senior year at Howard University, where she had the opportunity to interview such notables as former President Bill Clinton, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former presidential candidate Alan Keys, and Cornell West.

After receiving her bachelors degree in 2009, she was awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship in 2010 (one of 20 Fellows from a nationwide contest of 300 applicants) and attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies to study international relations.