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Public Affairs Section

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America to The Bahamas seeks to engage local communities through public diplomacy outreach.  The section works to strengthen U.S. relations in the region by:

  • Explaining U.S. policies, as well as the context for policy by presenting American society in all its complexity
  • Supporting U.S. policy through support for bilateral and regional programs
  • Increasing cooperation between the people of the United States and The Bahamas through educational and cultural exchange programs

We accomplish these goals through various means such as interacting with the Bahamian media, providing information via the Embassy’s website and social media pages.  We also organize cultural, educational, and exchange programs directly with Bahamian citizens.

  • Cultural programs include exchange programs to bring American artists to The Bahamas and support for local cultural events.
  • Professional Exchanges:  The International Visitor Leadership Program is designed to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through carefully designed visits that reflect the participants’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals. The Speaker Program brings American professionals to the region to interact with their counterparts on specific policy issues.
  • EducationUSA: EducationUSA facilitates the process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities by providing prospective students with accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information on the full range of educational opportunities in the United States.  The U.S. offers a school and a program that’s just right for every qualified student and EducationUSA is here to provide all the information needed.
  • The Public Affairs Section also invites proposals for support through our small grants program. These small grants help further projects primarily in the areas of citizen security, combating gender-based violence, environment and climate change, empowering youth, global education and culture.

Project proposals are accepted throughout the year, although early application is strongly encouraged.   All proposals will be competitively reviewed; only fully completed small grants forms will be considered for support.

The maximum PAS grant is USD $5,000.00

All press and general inquiries to any section of the U.S. Embassy should first be directed to the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, Penny Rechkemmer, who may be reached at NassauPublicAffairs@state.gov.  Phone: (242) 322-1181 ext. 4220 or 4251.

Recent U.S. Embassy press releases produced and distributed by the Public Affairs Office may be found in our Press Releases Section.