Jean Manes is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State. Her two most recent assignments include serving as the Director of Resources for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, overseeing $1.2 billion in resources for public diplomacy domestic and worldwide operations. She recently returned from Afghanistan where she served as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy.
Overseas assignments have included serving as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in the Azores, which involved leading negotiations between the U.S. and Portugal for the U.S. military presence. Other overseas positions included serving as the spokesperson for the Embassy, Director of the Fulbright Board, and leading large-scale culture and exchange programs to advance U.S. foreign policy.
Since joining in 1992, she has served in Syria, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal, and Afghanistan as well as holding a number of positions in Washington, DC.
For her service with the State Department, she has received various awards, including the Lois Roth Award for Culture and Education Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association award for public diplomacy professional of the year.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Administration from The American University and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Policy from Liberty University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is a native of Pompano Beach, Florida.