Joey Hood, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i.
Joey Hood is the Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait. Mr. Hood has spent much of his career working in the Middle East, and particularly on the Arabian Peninsula. Prior to assuming his duties in Kuwait, Mr. Hood was Consul General and Principal Officer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Previously, Mr. Hood was Acting Director of the Office of Iranian Affairs at the State Department in Washington, DC, where he helped establish a sustained dialogue between the United States Government and the Iranian people for the first time in over 30 years.
Mr. Hood has also served in Riyadh, where he coordinated U.S.-Saudi military cooperation, and in Asmara, where he apprised Washington of Eritrea’s human rights abuses and was a liaison to rebel leaders from Sudan’s Darfur region.
He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, where he contributed to the Ambassador’s efforts to push for political and economic reforms. As Public Affairs Officer in Doha, he strived to convey U.S. policy to Arab audiences on Al Jazeera and, with Qatar Foundation International, helped establish the first U.S.-Qatari “sister school” program.
Prior to the Foreign Service, Mr. Hood was a Fulbright scholar in Burkina Faso and worked at a bank in Vermont. He earned a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Hood and his wife Anne Françoise Lompo have two children.