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Darra Dirska

Branch Chief
Office of Private Sector Exchange
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Darra Dirska is a Branch Chief in the Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration (OPA) within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. Her portfolio includes programs in the intern, trainee, and au pair categories. Darra previously spent three years working as a Compliance Officer in the Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance, also within ECA, prior to assuming her current role in OPA. Before joining the Department, Darra spent more than a decade working with J-1 visa sponsoring organizations where she was the Responsible Officer for programs in the Intern and Trainee categories. In these positions she was responsible for embassy liaison, management of recruitment and placement services, regulatory compliance, and university relations. Darra graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and is an alumna of the Teaching Assistant Program in France.

Why attend

  • Over 200 attendees from the cultural exchange, work experience and au pair industry
  • 34 pre-scheduled business appointments
  • Educational sessions on the latest sector trends
  • Networking events