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Published on Dec 9, 2013
He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia on October 6, 2011. As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Heffern most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at USNATO, Brussels. He previously served as DCM in Jakarta, Indonesia and Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Other previous posts include: Tokyo; Malaysia desk officer in Washington; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Guangzhou, China. From 1994-1996, Ambassador Heffern served as a Pearson Fellow on the Asia Subcommittee for the House International Relations Committee. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ambassador Heffern served in the office of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO) as the Senator's Office Director and Research Assistant. Heffern, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, received a B.A. from Michigan State University. He and his wife Libby have five adult children and one grandchild. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)