Foreign Service Impasses Dispute Panel

Mary Jacksteit, who also currently serves as the Chairman of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), has over 20 years of experience in mediation, facilitation and negotiation working for non-profit organizations, government agencies and community organizations. Chairman Jacksteit previously served on the Panel for seven years during President Clinton’s Administration. She began her legal career as a labor attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, where she later served as Deputy General Counsel.

Betty Bolden served previously as Chair of the FSIP, having been appointed by President Clinton on October 4, 1994. On January 11, 1995, she was reappointed for a full 5-year term. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Bolden was a career Federal employee of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), rising to the level of Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor in 1993, where she acted as liaison to DOL program agencies and the Deputy Secretary. This is Ms. Bolden’s second appointment as the public member of the Foreign Service Panel. She was previously appointed to a 3-year term that began on December 5, 2010. Ms. Bolden has a wealth of federal-sector experience in the areas of administration, personnel, and labor-management relations. She has been a part-time, self-employed dealer of out-of-print books since 1988, and is a resident of the District of Columbia.

May Baptista is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is currently the Deputy Division Chief of Cultural Programs and the acting Division Chief of Sports Diplomacy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Ms. Baptista began her Foreign Service career in 2002. She has served overseas as the Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer in Berlin, Germany, and as Consular Officer in Bogota, Colombia and in Tijuana, Mexico. Her previous domestic tours at the Department of State include as Policy Officer for the Office of East Asia-Pacific Affairs in the Bureau of International Information Programs, and as Watch Officer in the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Baptista also served in the Economic Section in San Salvador, El Salvador, and in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Press Relations. During her career, she has earned numerous Department of State superior and meritorious honor awards. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Baptista completed the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program at Princeton University. She was a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the President’s Scholars Program. Ms. Baptista speaks Spanish, German, and Ilocano.

John C. Sullivan is the Department of State Chair at the U.S. Marine Corps University and is a faculty member of the Marine Corps War College. Mr. Sullivan is a career member of the U.S. Forei