A career Foreign Service Officer since 2003, Lyra comes to Halifax after serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Visa Services where she covered interagency coordination and implementation of certain immigration policies. Lyra previously served in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of the Comptroller, where she oversaw the Bureau’s transition to an independent financial account and led the office as acting Comptroller for part of her tour. Her overseas assignments include Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania; Staff Assistant and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru; and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
A native of Southern California, Lyra is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Medieval Studies and an M.A. in German Studies. She will be joined in Halifax by her husband, their two sons, and their adopted cat and dog from Albania.