John Heffern '71 Takes Over Key State Department Role
As part of the ongoing presidential transition, John A. Heffern, '71, has stepped in as Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, becoming one of the key officials responsible for development and realization of U.S. policy in those regions. He expects to serve in this position until summer. He has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs since August 2015. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Heffern served as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2011 to 2014. His prior experience includes Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels; DCM in Jakarta, Indonesian; and Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of Political Affairs. Other previous posts include USNATO, Tokyo; Malaysia desk officer in Washington; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Guangzhou, China. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Mr. Heffern served in the office of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), as the Senator’s Office Director and Research Assistant.