Nini Forino's term ended on July 27, 2022.
Nini Forino served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and the Director of Alumni Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to that, she was the Director for Press and Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. She joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in 2000 and has served overseas in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Ho Chi Minh City. In Washington, Ms. Forino has served in the Offices of Japan and Korea Affairs and Regional Security and Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Office of Regional Strategy in the former Bureau of International Information Programs.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Forino worked for the State Department at U.S. Embassies in the Philippines and Thailand. She has received several State Department awards, including Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, as well as the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association award for her work leading the State Department’s participation in the 2012 Yeosu Expo in the Republic of Korea. She speaks Mandarin, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, and holds advanced degrees from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.