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Her Excellency Jean Elizabeth Manes


Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes was confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 2015 as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

She is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the Department of State, having joined in 1992 and has served under four Presidents. Throughout her career she has led large scale operations focusing on empowering people and prioritizing resources.

Ambassador Manes is passionate about education, business development, and the environment. She believes in comprehensive solutions that include government, business, civil society, and most importantly the contribution of every citizen.

Prior to confirmation, Ambassador Manes served as Principal Deputy Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs, which leads 21st Century foreign public engagement, including digital strategies for outreach, technical infrastructure for over 450 Embassy and Consulate websites, and oversight of 700+ American Spaces around the world.

Previously, Ambassador Manes served as Director of Resources for the Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy, overseeing $1.2 billion for public diplomacy domestic and worldwide operations. She ensured resources were directly tied to foreign policy priorities making the best investments on behalf of the American people.

Overseas, Ambassador Manes served in Afghanistan in 2012-13 as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy leading her team in press outreach, education initiatives, and the improvement of opportunities for women. She also served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in the Azores, Portugal, where she led negotiations for the U.S. military presence in the Azores as well as cooperation on environment and education programs.

Throughout her career in Syria, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Washington, DC, she has served as Embassy spokesperson, Director of the Fulbright Board, press advance for President Bill Clinton, and led culture and exchange programs to advance foreign policy. Education has always been a centerpiece of her career and stems from her core belief that education is the gateway to opportunities and every person can make a difference. For her service, she has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Lois Roth Award for Culture and Education Diplomacy, and the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Award for Public Diplomacy Professional of the Year.


Contact Information

Embajada de Los Estados Unidos
Final Boulevard Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad

Phone: 2 501-2999
Fax: 2 501-2150

Website: http://sansalvador.usembassy.gov/