Jonathan Alan is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and currently serves as Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Surabaya, where he leads U.S. strategic engagement and outreach with the twelve provinces of eastern Indonesia. Mr. Alan previously served as Managing Director for Consulting and Advanced Projects in the Office of Management Strategy & Solutions where he led his team in designing and implementing creative, enterprise-wide solutions to longstanding institutional challenges in the Department of State. In his 20+ years as a diplomat, Mr. Alan served as Senior Advisor to the State Department’s inaugural Office of the Chief Economist, as Trade and Economic Policy Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and as Trade and Investment officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Throughout Jonathan’s diplomatic career, he has focused on pioneering new ideas, cultivating professional relationships, and crafting strategic, consensus-based solutions to advance U.S. policy objectives. His skill set is rooted in strategic planning, promoting entrepreneurship ecosystems, scenario planning, and advanced problem-solving methodologies. Mr. Alan’s other previous postings include Islamabad, Pakistan and Casablanca, Morocco.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Alan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay and a Crisis Corps volunteer in Honduras. He previously worked for the financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City where he specialized in brokering transactions in newly emerging financial markets. He is the recipient of a Superior Honor award, three performance-based Meritorious Salary Step Increase awards, and a 2017 Foreign Service Outstanding Mentor award. Jonathan’s innovative work with the film industry resulted in Embassy Jakarta’s nomination for the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Award. Mr. Alan holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Honors program at the American University in Washington DC and studied graduate level economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. His language proficiencies include Spanish, French, Indonesian and Japanese. His interests include fiction writing, theatre, gaming, and space exploration. Jonathan is married with two young sons.