Chris Hodges is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Israeli-Palestinian Affairs and Press and Public Diplomacy at the State Department’s Bureau for Near Eastern Affairs. His prior assignment was as Assistant Deputy Chief of Mission and Chief of the Palestinian Affairs Unit at Embassy Jerusalem. He joined the Foreign Service in 2000 and has served as Public Affairs Officer in Jerusalem; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Accra, Ghana; as well as Deputy Director for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the Office of Central European Affairs. His other tours include Suva, Fiji and Frankfurt, Germany.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs with honors from Georgia Tech and Masters of Art degrees in International Affairs and Strategic Studies respectively from George Washington University and the U.S. Naval War College. He was named runner-up for the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Public Diplomacy and was honored with an award from the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association for Achievement in Public Diplomacy in 2019. He has received a number of Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the State Department and speaks Arabic and German. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.