Stanley Harsha, Secretary

Stanley Harsha
Term: Sept. 30, 2023 to Sept. 30, 2026

Stanley Harsha is a former U.S. diplomat with over 30 years of experience in Asian affairs. His career was devoted to managing international education and cultural exchange programs to promote peace through understanding and bolstering democracy and human rights abroad.  

During his 28-year Foreign Service career, some of his postings included: U.S. Consul General for Sumatra; Deputy Political Counselor in Jakarta; interim Chief of Mission in Timor-Leste; Press Attaché in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur; Public Affairs Officer in Namibia; Cultural Affairs Officer in Beijing; and Executive Director of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Stan has directed U.S. libraries in Indonesia and Namibia. He is currently employed as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

As President Rotary of Conifer, Harsha co-founded its Peacebuilding Committee. He also served as Chair of the University of Colorado-Boulder's Center for Asian Studies Advisory Council and on the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council Board. He was the chief operating officer for the interfaith project, 1000 Abrahamic Circles, which brought together local leaders of Islam, Judaism and Christianity from Colorado and globally to deepen empathy by living in each other's communities. His memoir, "Like the Moon and the Sun," compares Indonesian and American societies. 

A native of Colorado, Stan lives in Conifer with his wife and has two adult children.

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