Charge D’Affaires, a.i. Chris Hegadorn

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Chris Hegadorn is a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, whose most recent posting before Paris was as Director of the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security. Prior to that assignment, he was Deputy Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

He also served as a Political Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, as a Political Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and covered regional political issues at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Earlier in Washington, D.C., Chris served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His first and second tours were in Beijing, and Pretoria, respectively.

A native of Delaware, Chris graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Business Management, including studies abroad at the University of Grenoble, France. He received an M.S. in International Relations from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, renamed the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Chris worked on Capitol Hill and was a Presidential Management Intern with the Department of Agriculture. He speaks Mandarin, Modern Standard Arabic, French, and Italian.