HCA Congratulates Graduate Jean Manes (Class of 1988), Named as U. S. Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador
In December, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jean Elizabeth Manes as the new U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador.
A native of Pompano Beach, Jean attended Highlands from kindergarten through high school, graduating with the Class of 1988. She went on to obtain her undergraduate degree in Foreign Policy from Liberty University and her master’s degree in International Administration from The American University.
Jean Elizabeth Manes, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Counselor, serves as Principal Deputy Coordinator in the Bureau of International Information Programs at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to this she served as Deputy Director of the Department’s Florida Regional Center in 2013 and as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U. S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Manes also served as Director of Resources in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2010 to 2012, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 2009 to 2010, Principal Officer at the U. S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada-Azores, Portugal from 2006 to 2009, and Regional Program Officer in the Bureau of International Information Programs from 2003 to 2006. Her earlier assignments with the Department of State include postings in Argentina and Uruguay.
Jean Manes is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the U. S. Department of State. Her two most recent assignments include service 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, 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 Public Diplomacy Alumni Association award for public diplomacy professional of the year.
Highlands Christian Academy congratulates Jean Manes and wishes her much success in this new position as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador.