2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month: Christopher Hoh
Christopher J. Hoh is Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s recruiting office, where he manages the new Foreign Service Internship Program. Previously he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria from 2009 to 2012. That position was chief operating officer for a concern consisting of more than 500 employees and a budget of $45 million dollars. In 2008-09, he served as Associate Dean in the Professional School of the Foreign Service Institute outside Washington, DC, where he oversaw training in stability operations and area studies.
From 2007 to 2009, he was Director for South Central European Affairs in the State Department, directing U.S. policy and programs for Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, which became independent during this period. He has participated in peace negotiations and planning for Bosnia, Eastern Slavonia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
From 2004 to 2006 he was Director for Response Strategy and Resource Management in the Office for Reconstruction and Stabilization, charged with improving civilian deployment to post-conflict states. He has also served as a Special Adviser for Secretary of State Powell's Diplomatic Readiness Initiative and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Chris Hoh has also been assigned to Germany, Peru, Egypt, and the UN. He is from Pennsylvania and graduated from Georgetown University. He speaks German, Spanish, and Bosnian. He is a published composer whose music has been performed across the U.S. and Europe. He is vice president of GLIFAA , the association for LGBT+ pride in foreign affairs agencies.