Director of Congressional Affairs
Hera previously served in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Legislative Affairs, holding the key role as Congress' point of contact on all Europe issues. Hera also worked on Capitol Hill for seven years, including two years with House leadership and five years with a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she was a top staffer for the Turkey Congressional Study Group and Caucus, the Taiwan Caucus, and Korea Caucus. Hera is the recipient of the Secretary's Meritorious Honor Award and the Secretary's Superior Honor Award; while on Capitol Hill, she was also cited as a "Hill Staffer to Watch" in Foreign Policy's blog, The Cable. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and her Master's degree from the U.S. Naval War College. She is also a co-chair of the Middle East and Africa section of Women in International Trade.