Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ambassador to El Salvador: Who Is Jean E. Manes?
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Jean Manes, a career member of the Foreign Service, was confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 2015 as Ambassador to El Salvador. It is her first such posting.
Manes joined the State Department after graduating from Liberty. Her first assignment was in Washington, in the Office of Policy Guidance, then moved to the Office of Grants and Contracts, approving grants for exchange and education programs. ...
Beginning in 2003, Manes was regional program officer from the Western Hemisphere, where she created the Department of State Youth Book Program and managed the speaker program. She subsequently was public affairs officer in the embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Manes’ next assignment was as principal officer in the consulate in Ponta Delgada, Azores ... . She then was named cultural affairs officer in the embassy in Brazilia, Brazil, where she helped develop a six-year English teaching strategy in the run-up to the World Cup and Olympic Games.
She returned to Washington in 2010 as staff director for resources in the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Beginning in 2012, she served a tour as counselor for public affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan. ...
In 2014, Manes was named principal deputy coordinator in the Bureau of International Information Programs, a post she held until her appointment to the El Salvador ambassadorship.
Manes is married to Hector Cerpa, a Uruguayan who was trained as a veterinarian but more recently has worked as a journalist, including for Voice of America and the U.S. Information Agency. ...

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