Rachael T. Doherty was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University in 1992. She went on to serve as a naval officer with tours in Italy, Virginia, and Florida. She left active duty to earn a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and joined the Department of State as a Presidential Management Intern in 2000, working in the Political Military Bureau’s Office of Contingency Planning and Peacekeeping. Rachael joined the Foreign Service in 2003 as a Political Officer, serving in Pakistan (twice), Sierra Leone, Kenya, Switzerland, and Malaysia as well as in Washington, DC on the Zimbabwe Desk. Previously, she was the Regional Counterterrorism Field Coordinator for Southeast Asia, based in Malaysia.