Ambassador David Hale (SFS '83)
Ambassador David Hale (SFS ’83) knew he wanted to be a diplomat from a young age. “I have always had a fascination with foreign cultures and societies and an awareness that events that happened overseas mattered back at home,” he recalls. “Given all of this, the School of Foreign Service was an obvious choice for my college education. It had then, as now, an unparalleled reputation for preparing undergraduates for diplomatic work and that perfect mix of professors with both academic and practical experience in the field."
I can't imagine my professional life would have taken the direction it did without the start that Georgetown gave me.
Once at SFS, Hale's interest in a career in diplomacy was reaffirmed. "Professors such as Madeleine Albright, Alan Goodman, and the late Ambassador Armin Meyer really inspired many of us to pursue careers in public service, specifically the Foreign Service," he remembers. "They opened doors for us throughout the city, helping us meet other current and former senior officials for interviews as well as advice. I can’t imagine my professional life would have taken the direction it did without the start that Georgetown gave me."
Hale still draws on his Georgetown experience. “As U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, I often think back to my coursework on negotiations," he says. "I also continue to meet fellow SFS graduates all over the world. You would be amazed at the number of people in public policy positions in the Middle East with a Georgetown background." Hale notes that at one point during his time in Jordan, the incumbent Planning Minister, the government spokesman, and the Chief of the Royal Court had all been at SFS during the same time he had in the early ‘80s. "That shared experience really facilitated access and our ability to communicate with each other," he remembers. "And of course, the King attended [SFS] shortly afterward."
Hale has also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, United States Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, among other postings. He joined the Foreign Service in 1984.