John A. Heffern was sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia on October 6, 2011.
Ambassador Heffern, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels. Ambassador Heffern has previously served as DCM in Jakarta, Indonesia and Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Other previous posts include: USNATO; Tokyo; Malaysia desk officer in Washington; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1988-1991); Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Ambassador Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ambassador Heffern served in the office of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) as the Senator’s Office Director and Research Assistant. Heffern, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, received a B.A. from Michigan State University.