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Jane B. Zimmerman
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Term of Appointment: 09/24/2012 to present

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Jane B. Zimmerman is responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Zimmerman was most recently the Director for the Office of Western European Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs (2011-2012). From 2008-2011, she was detailed from the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Agency for International Development to serve as the Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance. She has also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Deputy Director for Western European Affairs, Senior Spain Country Officer, and Acting Director for Multilateral Coordination and External Affairs in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Zimmerman had several domestic and overseas assignments in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs focused on Middle East peace, including negotiations and normalization initiatives between Israel and Jordan, in addition to Country Officer for Iran. Her overseas assignments have also comprised Cyprus, Israel and the Gaza Strip, Tunisia, Brazil, and Mali since joining the Foreign Service in 1988. Her foreign languages include Arabic, French, Portuguese, and Italian. She is the recipient of four Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Honor Awards, and an Award for Excellence in Community Service.

Ms. Zimmerman is a graduate of Tuft University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Macalester College. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri.

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