Kelly Keiderling serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The mission of the bureau is to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, and cultural programs that enhance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations.
As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Keiderling manages these programs, which comprise a budget of $568 million and a staff of 550 employees.
Ms. Keiderling is a career diplomat and entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1988. Most recently, she was Deputy Chief of Mission and intermittently Charge d’Affaires in Caracas, Venezuela, until expelled by the Venezuelan president. She previously served as Strategic Language Issues Coordinator in the Bureau of Human Resources from 2010-2011, Chief of Staff of the Iraq Office from 2009-2010, and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova from 2006-2009. At other times in Washington, she held assignments in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Her other overseas assignments include Cuba, Botswana, Kyrgyzstan, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Zambia.
Ms. Keiderling received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the National War College in Washington, DC. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, and some Italian and Romanian.