Office of Foreign Service Operations
is the Deputy Administrator for the Office of Foreign Service Operations (OFSO).
Jim served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the Office of Country and Regional
Affairs (OCRA) from July 2009. He was the Assistant Deputy Administrator for
OCRA from April 2009.
Prior to coming to OCRA, he was stationed in Ankara from 2002 – 2006 as
Agriculture Counselor responsible for Turkey, Central Asia and Azerbaijan. From
1997 – 2001, he served as agricultural attaché at the agricultural affairs
office in Warsaw, Poland. His first overseas assignment was in Moscow in 1988.
Jim joined the Foreign Agricultural Service in 1984. He has worked in export
credits as well as several commodity divisions.
A native of New York, Mr. Higgiston holds a Bachelor’s degree in Russian area
studies and language from Hunter College. He also has a Master’s degree in
international trade and finance from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in
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