Becky Billings is currently living in Seattle where she grew up. Billings finished a ten-year career with the U.S. Department of State in 2013 and decided it was time to leave Washington, D.C. for the better Washington—Washington state. She got bit by the travel bug while she was a study abroad student at the BYU London Centre and has wanted to work internationally ever since.

While she was with the State Department, Billings covered criminal justice reform programs in Albania, Bosnia, and Macedonia. She also ran anti-trafficking-in-persons programs in eastern Europe and Asia. While working on Secretary Condoleezza Rice’s advance staff, she had the opportunity to visit many countries and also worked in the political section at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, covering human rights and labor issues.

Most recently, Billings is working on a team that managed criminal justice reform programs in Afghanistan with an NGO in Seattle called the World Justice Project ( They measure the effectiveness of justice systems in over 120 countries around the world with data gathered from what each country’s residents, citizens, and experts say about their experiences and perceptions with the rule of law.