November 1, 2010

Date: 11/01/2010 Description: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: J. Michelle Schohn - State Dept Image

J. Michelle Schohn is a public diplomacy-coned Foreign Service officer serving in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Schohn was member of household until 2004, when she joined the Foreign Service. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Schohn and her wife served in Jerusalem as consular/political officers. In 2007, they returned to Washington, D.C., where Ms. Schohn served on the INR Watch and as the special assistant to the INR Front Office. From 2009 to 2010, she was President of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), a Department of State affinity group, and she currently serves on the GLIFAA board as Spokesperson. She was the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs until June of this year, when she began long-term Estonian language training at FSI. She will depart for Tallinn, Estonia in the summer of 2011.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Schohn was an archaeologist and is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a B.A. in English/journalism and an M.A. in anthropology from the University of South Carolina. She is an enrolled member of the PeeDee Indian Nation of Beaver Creek and serves as tribal historian.