2010 LGBT Pride Month: Ken Kero-Mentz
Ken Kero-Mentz joined the U.S. Foreign Service January 2000. He has served in Rio de Janeiro, Baghdad, Washington, Berlin, and currently Colombo where he serves as economic and commercial officer covering Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In 2009, he received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on arms control and disarmament issues, and was also named AFSA’s Post Rep of the Year. He has twice served on the board of GLIFAA and remains active in supporting equality both at State and with national organizations.
Prior to joining State, Mr. Kero-Mentz was a legislative staffer on Capitol Hill, working first for Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and later Ellen O. Tauscher (D-CA). He grew up in Vermont and graduated from the George Washington University, where he earned his BA in international affairs and his Master’s in public administration.
While posted in Berlin, Ken met and married his husband, David Kero-Mentz, after a two-and-a-half year courtship. In their spare time, Ken and his husband like to travel and rest up from traveling.