Mr. Hishmeh is the Information Officer/Embassy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe.  He and his wife Margaret have two daughters at HIS.

 

Prior to this assignment, John served as the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan for three years, working on higher education engagement and career development programs for Jordanian youth.  With over 25 years of Public Diplomacy experience, John has spent his career programming and promoting international education and exchange programs as means to build mutual understanding and directly engage with foreign audiences to explain and advance U.S. foreign policy.  His past Foreign Service career assignments include positions in Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and Washington, D.C. He has served on the school board for the International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and on the Board of Trinity Methodist School in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Prior to the Foreign Service, he served as Executive Director for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, an independent accreditation organization that promotes international high school exchange programs. Mr. Hishmeh also worked in the Civil Service at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Information Agency on Fulbright Exchanges, Outreach Programs and Congressional Affairs.  He earned an MA from the Johns Hopkins University and a BA from the University of Maryland.