Allison Dyess, a BHS graduate and the daughter of attorney Bill Dyess and his wife Glenda, was featured as the Diplomat in Residence recently. She has served as Political Officer for the State Department for many years.
Allison is proud of her upbringing in a small West Texas town, but grateful that her parents encouraged her to pursue opportunities beyond the county line.
After graduating from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, her curiosity of the world outside of the Lone Star State took Allison to Taiwan where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and studied Chinese. She earned an MA in Asian Studies and a JD, and practiced law in firms in New York City and Dallas, and in the international business unit of a Texas-based aircraft manufacturer.
Driven by a strong passion to serve her country, she eventually sought a career with the U.S. Department of State.
Allison believes a diverse range of skills needed to carry out all aspects of foreign policy work calls for a vast array of backgrounds and knowledge. She finds Texans like herself are particularly suited for this work given their rich cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity.
Allison has spent thirteen years as a Political Officer serving in Pakistan, China, Turkey, Iraq, Washington and Fiji. She speaks Chinese and Turkish. She and her husband return to Texas to see family and friends, and enjoy some Tex-Mex, every chance they get.