Hometown Diplomats Web Site
Hometown Diplomats Web Site




The Hometown Diplomat program explains to America what the State Department does and its relevance through the voice of Department employees (both Civil and Foreign Service).  Participants volunteer their time during scheduled trips to their hometowns to speak with local organizations, schools, government officials and local media. If you’re unable to visit your hometown, we invite you to participate in the Virtual Hometown Diplomats Program. 


Why it Matters

“Hometown” visits are important contributions that help the Department establish and maintain communication and relationships with individuals and local communities. Our most successful programs are those in which Hometown Diplomats have a connection to the community.  


Selection Criteria

  • Scheduled for home leave or other leave during the 2020 calendar year (the Department does not pay for travel)
  • Available for at least one day of public outreach activities
  • Demonstrate public speaking ability
  • Willing to participate in media interviews and courtesy appointments with state and local officials as deemed appropriate by the Press Office (GPA/PRS) and the Office of Public Liaison (GPA/PL)
  • Maintain flexibility enthusiasm under varying circumstances


Follow-up Activities

  • Submit photos, with captions, taken during their presentation. Photos will become the property of the Department and will be considered for potential use on various Department social media sites.
  • Submit an official biography and headshot with completed application.
  • Complete a feedback report and receive a commendation letter signed by Secretary Pompeo.


Additional Information:

  • The Hometown Diplomat will be allocated administrative leave for the time spent participating in outreach activities; leave will be administered by their respective Bureaus.  An “Extra Mile Award” is given to first-time participants by GPA/EX at the conclusion of their program.  This $50 award is in recongnition of your participation in the Secretary's Hometown Diplomats Program. Eligibility limited to GS/GM-13, FS-03 and below and FSN direct-hire employees.  
  • GPA/PL requires a minimum of one-month advance notice before travel begins. Programming during the summer months or holidays is much more difficult as schools are out of session, groups may not meet as usual and local contacts may be on vacation.



        Andre Garvin
        Office of Public Liaison (GPA/PL)
        (o) 202-647-6064


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Hometown Diplomats Web Site