Diplomat in Residence

Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. DIRs are available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships and fellowships.
The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit for the Foreign Service, Civil Service and Student Programs the best and brightest to represent America’s rich diversity to the world. DIRs disseminate information about career opportunities not only at their home universities but throughout the region where they are located.


John W. Dinkelman

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Region: DC Metro
DE, W. VA, and MD
Location: Howard University

Contact: DIRDCMetro@state.gov

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A career Foreign Service officer with over 35 years of experience in the United States Department of State, John Dinkelman serves as the Diplomat-in-Residence for Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.  Based at Howard University in Washington, DC, his responsibility is to recruit diverse talent for both career and student program opportunities with the State Department. 

Mr. Dinkelman most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Logistics Management in the State Department’s Bureau of Administration where he led the team that oversees all supply chain, transportation, and travel elements of the U.S. foreign affairs community at over 200 domestic and overseas locations.   

In addition to various positions in Washington DC, Mr. Dinkelman’s overseas assignments have been to Belgrade, London, Majuro, The Hague, and Ankara where he served in managerial roles and to Nogales and Nassau where he served in leadership positions. 

Mr. Dinkelman is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned degrees in Business (International Finance) and Spanish.  Prior to his government service, Mr. Dinkelman worked for the Communications Systems Division of Unisys Corporation in Salt Lake City.  

Mr. Dinkelman and his wife Elizabeth, an associate professor of mathematics at Northern Virginia Community College, are the proud parents of three adult children.