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Congratulations to Elise Crane and Jason Frohnmayer, the Council’s Davis Public Diplomacy Fellows for 2016-2017

Elise Crane, Davis Public Diplomacy Fellow for 2016-2017

Elise Crane joined the Foreign Service in 2011, after completing her M.A. in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Since June 2016, she has served as a Public Diplomacy desk officer focused on Ukraine within the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. From 2014-2016, Ms. Crane was a Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, where she led the consular public outreach team to promote U.S. tourism and educational and cultural exchanges. From 2011-2013, Ms. Crane was the Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, where she launched the Embassy’s interagency youth outreach program and oversaw all press relations.

Prior to the Foreign Service, Elise worked in Prague as a sales manager for Project Syndicate, a private media organization that distributes opinion content to newspapers around the world. In that role, she traveled to 30 countries to meet with editors and journalists and to promote press freedom. Ms. Crane is originally from Boulder, where she received a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. She speaks Spanish, French, and limited Russian, and she recently completed her first Olympic-distance triathlon.

Jason Frohnmayer, Davis Public Diplomacy Fellow for 2016-2017

Jason Frohnmayer is the press and public diplomacy officer in the Public Affairs, Planning and Coordination Office at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to Washington, Jason served in Canberra, Australia as the Cultural Affairs Officer and in Manila, Philippines as staff aide to the Ambassador and a consular officer. Before joining the Foreign Service, Jason worked for several years as an international supply chain manager for high tech manufacturing in both Japan and the United States. He was also a professional actor and university public speaking instructor. 

Jason graduated from The George Washington University with a cum laude Bachelors degree in East Asian Studies and holds a Masters degree in Intercultural Communication, Rhetoric and Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University.  He is the recipient of three individual meritorious awards and several group awards.  He speaks Japanese and is originally from Oregon.

Date Posted

Apr 26, 2016