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Policymakers

Secretary of State
Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo

Serves as the President’s chief foreign affairs advisor 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 and oversees all resource allocation and management activities of the department.

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Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff

Senior advisor to the Secretary and person in charge of managing the staff and priorities of the Secretary of State.

Counselor
Counselor

Ulrich Brechbühl

Provides guidance to the Secretary on major problems of foreign policy and aids the Secretary in conducting special international negotiations.

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Influencers

Director of Policy and Planning
Director of Policy and Planning

Kiron Skinner

Manages the Policy Planning Staff, which provides independent analysis and advice to the Secretary of State in order to craft long term, strategic policy.

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Spokesperson
Spokesperson

Heather Nauert

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

David Hale

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 for Public Diplomacy
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy

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

Andrea L. Thompson

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

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

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

Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs

Mary Taylor

Coordinates all legislative activity for the Department of State, in addition to advising the Secretary and other senior State Department leadership on legislative strategy.

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Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement

Kirsten Dawn Madison

Oversees State Department programs combatting illicit drugs and organized crime, as well as those that focus on support for law enforcement and rule of law.

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Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs

Manisha Singh

Directs economic diplomacy programs, engages partners around the world on international finance, trade, and sanctions, and pursues commercial opportunities for American businesses.

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Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs
Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs

Kevin Moley

Manages the State Department’s engagement with the United Nations and a variety of other international agencies and organizations.

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Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Marie Royce

Directs a wide range of programs that advance U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, cultural, and sports exchanges.

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Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
Assistant Secretary for African Affairs

Tibor Peter Nagy Jr.

Charged with implementing American foreign policy in Africa on matters relating to diplomatic missions concerning the African continent.

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Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs

Kimberly Breier

Promotes U.S. interests in the Americas through democracy, trade, economic development, and international cooperation.

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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

A. Wess Mitchell

Manages U.S. diplomatic relations with the nations of Europe and Eurasia, as well as organizations like NATO and the EU.

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Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations
Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations

Denise Natali

Responsible for managing the State Department’s efforts to anticipate, prevent, and respond to conflicts that undermine regional stability and U.S. national security.

 

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Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom
Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom

Sam Brownback

Oversees the State Department’s programming on international religious freedom.

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Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism
Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism

Nathan Sales

Manages the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau and serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism matters.

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Special Representative for Iran
Special Representative for Iran

Brian Hook

Oversees the State Department’s Iran Action Group and coordinates the Department’s strategy on Iran.

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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 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.

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

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

Eric Ueland

Manages the State Department and USAID foreign assistance budget.

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