Dean Pittman, a career member of the Foreign Service, has been Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs since June 2013. He was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in December 2010.
Mr. Pittman served from 2009 to 2010 as the Senior Diplomacy Advisor for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Prior to joining the QDDR team, Mr. Pittman was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was responsible for issues related to Europe and the Administration’s climate change agenda. Other domestic assignments have included Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State (2002-2003), Director for the Balkans at the National Security Council (2000-2002), Legislative Management Officer for the East Asian and Pacific region in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and Thailand desk officer.
Overseas Mr. Pittman served as U.S. Consul General to Northern Ireland from 2004-2007 and was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as deputy director of the governance office from 2003-2004. Other overseas assignments include tours at our embassies in Sarajevo, Mozambique and Guyana and a detail assignment to the OSCE in Bosnia.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Pittman worked on the staff a of U.S. Congressman for eight years. He was also a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon.
Mr. Pittman holds a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.