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Kelly Tallman Clements
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Term of Appointment: 03/01/2010 to present

A member of the Senior Executive Service, Kelly Clements has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State since March 2010 with responsibility for humanitarian issues in Asia and the Near East, and guides a substantial policy and resource portfolio in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. In 2014, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. As Deputy and then Director, she led the Office of Policy and Resource Planning from 2002 - 2010, where she was responsible for the Bureau’s strategic planning, policy development, budget, performance activities, and financial resources which now exceeds $3 billion provided annually to major international and non-governmental organizations to protect and assist refugees, conflict victims, and vulnerable migrants worldwide.

Clements’ career with the State Department began as a Presidential Management Intern in 1990. Early in her tenure, she was detailed to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh. From 1993-1996, Clements served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on a foreign service appointment. She was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs in 1997-1998. Clements served as a Senior Emergency Officer for Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Americas, and later as Balkans Assistance Coordinator; she was deployed to Albania in 1999.

Ms. Clements has a B.A. in International Studies (1988) and an M.A. in Urban Affairs (1990) from Virginia Tech. Clements has been a career member of the Senior Executive Service since 2006.


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