Victoria K. Holt joined the Bureau of International Organization Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in August 2009. Ms. Holt is responsible for the international security portfolio, overseeing offices that address UN political affairs and the Security Council, peace operations, sanctions, and regional organizations.
Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Holt was a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank where she co-directed the Future of Peace Operations program. During her tenure at Stimson, Ms. Holt wrote and spoke on peace and security issues, including the UN and regional peace operations, protection of civilians, targeted sanctions, rule of law and U.S. policy.
Ms. Holt previously served at the State Department, where in 1999-2000 she was Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. Prior to that experience, Ms. Holt directed programs at Washington-based policy institutes on international affairs, and served for seven years as a senior Congressional staffer. She is a graduate of the Naval War College and Wesleyan University.