John “J.T.” Ice, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, took up his duties as Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State in June 2020. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Spokesperson and Information Officer at U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Before his posting to Ethiopia, Mr. Ice served as Political Section Chief at U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal, and in the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs as Turkey Desk Officer where he held the Internal Politics/Human Rights and Counterterrorism portfolios. Mr. Ice was also posted to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Staff Assistant to the Ambassador; in the Department of State’s Operations Center as a Watch Officer; and to U.S. Embassy Lilongwe, Malawi as Political-Military Officer. His first tour after entering the Foreign Service was in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he served as Vice Consul. He has received multiple State Department Superior and Meritorious honor awards over the course of his career.
Mr. Ice is a native Kentuckian who worked in various positions in the Thoroughbred racehorse industry as well as in local government and the federal government before entering the Foreign Service in 2006. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1988-1996.
Mr. Ice holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a MA in International Relations from UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He speaks French and Spanish.