John Mark Pommersheim assumed responsibilities as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan in August 2015. Most recently, he served as Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs where he was responsible for managing the full spectrum of U.S. relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. He has served in a wide variety of Foreign Service positions in Washington and also in Europe and Asia. Pommersheim worked in Embassy political sections in Japan, China, Belarus, and Germany. He served also as U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Pommersheim worked for CNN in Moscow and worked with the U.S. Information Agency in Georgia and Uzbekistan on an exhibition of information technology. Pommersheim is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Bucknell and Columbia Universities. He is married to Natalya Pommersheim; they have three sons.