Native American Heritage Month 2012: J. Michelle Schohn
J. Michelle Schohn is a public diplomacy-coned Foreign Service officer serving as public affairs officer in Tallinn, Estonia.
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, DC, where Ms. Schohn served on the INR Watch, then as the special assistant to the INR and Public Affairs Front Offices. From 2009 to 2010, she was President of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), a Department of State affinity group. She has been in charge of the Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Tallinn since 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. She speaks Estonian and Hebrew as well as some German.