This week the Rotary Club of Washington, DC, welcomed guest speaker Steve Liston. He spoke about the topic, “Inside a US Embassy.”

 
 
Rotaract President Ilisa Weinberg opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
Rotaract President Ilisa Weinberg led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Rotaract Secretary Austin McComb announced visiting guests and Rotarians.
 
(Guest)
(Occupation)
(Sponsoring Rotarian)
Monique Toussaint
 
District 7620 Rotaract Chair
 
Rotaract Sergeant-at-Arms Sam Falconer then announced the anniversaries.
 
The guest speaker was introduced, Steve Liston. He spoke about the topic, “Inside a US Embassy.”
 
Following a 25-year career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Steve joined Equifax, a global information solutions provider, in 2015 as Vice President for Global Government Relations. Steve devises and executes strategies for external stakeholder relations in 11 Latin American countries, working closely with local and corporate business, public relations, legal, and marketing units. He also provides guidance on government relations across Equifax’s Canadian, Asia-Pacific and European operations and on policy issues related to data protection, cybersecurity and financial inclusion.
 
As a diplomat, Steve served most recently in Santiago, Chile, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, overseeing an embassy of 300 employees and managing an active bilateral relationship. Previous overseas assignments were in Spain, Brazil, Peru, Sudan, and Mexico. He also held a number of positions at the State Department in Washington, D.C., mostly related to the Americas.
 
Born and raised in California, Steve graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Economy and a minor in Spanish. He holds Master of Arts degrees in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston and in Religion from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. In addition to his native English, Steve is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French and Portuguese. He serves on the boards of directors of the Pan-American Development Foundation and the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. He is an alternate board member of the Chile-based Coaniquem center for burned children, a volunteer with The Christian Embassy in Washington, DC, and an elder at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. Steve and his wife Susan have three children.
 
Rotaract President Ilisa Weinberg presented a tree certificate.
 
Rotaract President Ilisa Weinberg adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30 p.m.