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Policymakers

Secretary of State
Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson

Serves as the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser and carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States.

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Managers

Deputy Secretary of State
Deputy Secretary of State

John J. Sullivan

Serves as principle deputy and advisor to the Secretary of State.

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Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff

Margaret Peterlin

Senior advisor to the Secretary and person in charge of managing the staff and priorities of the Secretary of State. This person is also the Counselor of the State Department.

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Influencers

Director of Policy and Planning
Director of Policy and Planning

Brian Hook

Directs strategic management of global trends and frames recommendations for the Secretary of State to advance U.S. interests and American values.

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Spokesperson
Spokesperson

Heather Nauert

Position at the State Department charged with day-to-day public communications and press relations.

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Third-ranking official at the State Department and advises the Secretary of State on political affairs. Serves as the day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and oversees the regional bureaus as well as the bureaus for International Organizations and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Promotes America’s image in the world and U.S. global engagement, and also leads the Department of State’s engagement with the American public.

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights
Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights

Coordinates U.S. foreign policy on a variety of global issues, including democracy, human rights, and labor; environment, oceans, health and science; population, refugees, and migration; women’s issues; trafficking in persons and avian and pandemic influenza.

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

Serves as the senior economic official at the State Department; advises the Secretary of State on international economic policy; and leads the work of the Department on issues ranging from economic growth, energy, agricultural, oceans, environmental, and science and technology policies.

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs

Serves as Senior Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State for Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament.

Under Secretary of State for Management
Under Secretary of State for Management

Eric Ueland

Responsible for implementing the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) and will stand as the State Department’s representative on the President’s Management Council.

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Regional Assistant Secretaries of State
Regional Assistant Secretaries of State

African Affairs, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, Near Eastern Affairs, South and Central Asian Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs – Charged with implementing American foreign policy in their region and with advising the Under Secretary for Political Affairs on matters relating to diplomatic missions within that area.

Functional Assistant Secretaries of State
Functional Assistant Secretaries of State

Conflict and Stabilization Operations; Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; International Narcotics and Law Enforcement; Population, Refugees, and Migration; International Organizations; Education and Cultural Affairs; Public Affairs; Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance; International Security and Nonproliferation; Political-Military Affairs; Diplomatic Security; Economic and Business Affairs; Energy Resources; Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Intelligence and Research; Legislative Affairs – Charged with the responsibility for formulating policies on, and for administering programs regarding, their specific function.

Chief Economist
Chief Economist

Reports to the Secretary through the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, advising the Secretary on emerging economic issues.

Special Representative, Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review
Special Representative, Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

Advises State Department leadership and manages strategic review of State and USAID linking priorities with resources.

Senior Advisor, Development
Senior Advisor, Development

Advises the Secretary of State on global development.

Special Envoys, Coordinators, and Special Representatives
Special Envoys, Coordinators, and Special Representatives

Vary by Administration – The President and the Secretary of State appoint special representatives, envoys, advisers, and coordinators to monitor and address top-level foreign policy issues.

Staff of Policy Planning
Staff of Policy Planning

Serves as a source of independent policy analysis and advice for the Secretary of State.

Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs

Mary Kirtley Waters

This position is responsible for the State Department’s outreach to Capitol Hill.

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Implementers

Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy

Dr. Deborah Birx

Ambassadorial rank position that leads the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Global Health Initiative priorities and policies in the diplomatic arena.

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Director, Office of Global Women’s Issues
Director, Office of Global Women’s Issues

Ambassadorial rank position that leads the integration of women’s issues into all aspects of U.S. foreign policy.

Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy and U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security
Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy and U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security

Leads diplomatic efforts to advance the U.S. Government’s global food security initiatives.

Director, Office of Global Partnerships
Director, Office of Global Partnerships

Leads the Department’s partnership efforts with the public and private sectors, and civil society.

Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources
Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources

Supervises and provides general direction for U.S. foreign assistance, reporting to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.