TFSG, founded in 1994, is a group of 40 people who have spent time outside of America with America's Foreign Service, academia, or business, or as an accompanying family member.
THE FOREIGN SERVICE GROUP
June 2019 Luncheon Meeting
Donald M. Sheehan
“The U.S. Hostage Recovery Enterprise:
The June menu will be announced soon.
RSVP: Please confirm your attendance and menu choices by noon on Tuesday, June 4.
Lunch begins at noon. Members $24, guests accompanied by members $30. No new reservations after 12 noon on Tuesday, June 4. No-shows or cancellations after this date will be billed for their lunch. AFSA and DACOR members are welcome to attend one luncheon per year, except for the December luncheon, at the member price.
Checks made out to TFSG and mailed in advance is our preferred payment method (P.O. Box 50246, Austin, TX 78763-0246). Please include your menu choices, your name, and a phone number or email address so we can confirm your reservation. All reservations are confirmed, so if you do not get a confirmation, please contact us.
TFSG memberships are $30 per person for three years or $12 per person per year. The three-year membership price for those who live more than 50 miles from Austin or are over 90 years of age is $20 for one person and a spouse/partner living at the same address. Memberships make excellent gifts for people who have spent years overseas and their family members.
About Our Speaker
Don Sheehan received his BS degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1978. After serving as a U.S. Army officer and commander, Don toured the world for a year before working in the private sector and obtaining an MBA degree from George Mason University in 1991. Don joined the State Department in 1993 as a Foreign Service Officer and had his first diplomatic assignment in Krakow, Poland. He is a State Department FSO of 26 years.
Now the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commanding General of U.S. Army North, Don recently completed two years as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (S/SPEHA) to help coordinate diplomatic, military, investigative, and intelligence activities to bring U.S. hostages home. Prior to that he was a senior fellow and Diplomat in Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu, and spent one year as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), helping oversee U.S. policy covering the ocean, climate change, wildlife trafficking, managing the Ebola crisis, and microbial diseases, while promoting diplomacy through science.
From 1998 to 2004, Don was in Washington, DC, where he was the State Department’s representative to the North American Free Trade Accord (NAFTA, 2002-2004), Romania desk officer (2000-2002), and in the SEED Assistance Coordinator’s office (1998-2000), where he oversaw $650 million in U.S. assistance and private investment programs to help revitalize private sector economies in Central Europe, from the Baltics to the Balkans. Don also served as a Vice Consul in Krakow, Poland (1994-1996), and as the Economic Officer in Tunis, Tunisia (1996-1998).
From 1985-1990, Don worked in the private sector at a law firm while obtaining his MBA in International Finance. From 1979-1984, Don was an army captain who commanded a field artillery battery of 150 men in Augsburg, Germany.
Don speaks French, Polish, and passable German, is married, and has three college graduates who love the Foreign Service life.
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