Thomas Hodges is the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States in Canberra. He is delighted to be playing a role in the bilateral relationship of one of the closest partners of the United States. Mr. Hodges, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, assumed his duties on July 11, 2019.
Mr. Hodges began his Foreign Service career over three decades ago. He has served extensively in Chinese-speaking assignments, including as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and earlier postings in Taipei and Shenyang. His other overseas assignments were at U.S. Missions in Estonia, Senegal, India, and the Netherlands. He served at State Department headquarters in Washington as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs and as the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy for East Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Hodges earned a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Vanderbilt University in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. He has studied Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Dutch, and Estonian. He and his wife, Sandra Hodges, are the parents of two teenagers.