MENTOR // John Heffern’s Bio
Ambassador John A. Heffern, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy after serving as Acting Secretary of State and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs from August 2015 to August 2017. He served as US Ambassador to Armenia from 2011-2014. His previous posts include Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels; DCM in Jakarta; Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs; Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Abidjan, Guangzhou, and Washington. From 1994-1996, Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Heffern served in the office of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO). Heffern is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and received a B.A. from Michigan State University. Heffern has actively promoted closer public-private partnerships at State, specifically with social entrepreneurship groups and fellows.