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.
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 graduate of Princeton University.