John Hoover arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan as the Deputy Chief of Mission on August 30, 2017. He is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service who began his career with the U.S. Department of State in 1988.
From 2014 to 2017, John served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, where he helped lead the U.S. Government’s successful response to the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic. Before that, he was the Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (2010-2013). Overseas, John has served in Kampala, Uganda as Deputy Chief of Mission (2008-10); Nairobi, Kenya as Economic Counselor (2004-08); Shanghai, China (2000-2004); Taipei, Taiwan (1996-2000); Mbabane, Swaziland (1989-91); and Paris, France (1988-89). In Washington, he served as Pakistan Desk Officer from 1993 to 1995.
John is the winner of two global State Department awards: The Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance (2008), and the Director General’s Award for Reporting (co-winner, 1998). Prior to his Foreign Service career, John worked as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo, and as an English teacher in Japan. He is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and a native of Acton, Massachusetts, where he grew up playing baseball and ice hockey.
John is married to Kathyrine Sumi Lin Hoover, an English Language Instructor at U.S. Embassy Islamabad. John and Kathy are the proud parents of two adult sons.