At a Glance
- Career History: U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2003 to 2006); U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan (2000 to 2003)
- Birthday: August 12, 1952
- Hometown: Rockville Center, New York
- Alma Mater: Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, B.S., 1974; Georgetown University, M.A. .
- Spouse: Nadezda Christoff Herbst
Path To Power
When John Herbst was a child, he wanted to be a Foreign Service officer.
"Like a lot of boys my age, while still a young kid, I was fascinated by war," Herbst said. "I can remember writing current events reports in grade school about the war in Cypress and Vietnam in the early '60s."
Officially launched in 2008, the State Department's Civilian Response Corps is a civilian crisis-response team overseen by the Coordinator of Reconstruction and Stabilization's office. The corps deploys worldwide to failing or at-risk states to assist with diplomatic and organizational support.
In 2010, the active corps grew from 78 to 131 members, while standby members (who can be called up at any time) surpassed 1,000. Corps deployments nearly tripled from 2009, from 108 to 292.
While at State, Herbst worked most closely with the late Richard Holbrooke, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Frank Ruggiero, along with Craig Mullaney and Alexander Thier.