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Amy E. Pope

Candidate for Director General
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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Amy E. Pope is a dynamic leader with experience conceptualizing and overseeing transformative change across organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  As a champion of institutional governance reforms at IOM, Amy oversaw successful budget reform efforts resulting in an additional $75 million commitment from governments to optimize IOM’s field delivery and risk management, improve operational results, and strengthen coordination with the UN system and beyond.  With decades of experience addressing complex migration challenges, she has a strong record of translating policies into reality.  She has worked with a variety of stakeholders such as multilateral organizations, governments, and communities to develop strategies to respond to health crises, migration surges, trafficking in persons, and climate change.  Across her career, Amy has also spearheaded the development of people-focused policies to inspire and protect staff and bring out an organization’s best.  At IOM, she oversees critical governance reforms and resource management functions that enhance outputs to migrants, manage risk, and improve internal justice outcomes. 

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Collaborative Problem Solver & Innovative Manager

Senior Executive with proven management competence in articulating clear organizational vision to inspire colleagues and foster an environment of dedication, commitment and trust. Established experience in conceptualizing and overseeing multidisciplinary comprehensive strategies to address migration challenges as well as developing, coordinating and implementing such solutions at the most senior levels of US government and multilateral fora. Proven expertise in conducting deep analysis of complex challenges and responding through clear, understandable and actionable policy steps. Demonstrated record of building partnerships globally at the ministerial level, as well as with non-governmental organizations and community stakeholders.

Professional Experience: 

  • Deputy Director General for Management and Reform, International Organization for Migration  
  • Senior Advisor on Migration to the President, Executive Office of the President of the United States  
  • Partner, Schillings  
  • Associate Fellow, U.S. and Americas Program, Chatham House  
  • Migration Policy Lead, Biden-Harris Transition Team and Campaign  
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, U.S. National Security Council (White House)  
  • Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Transborder Security; Director, Border and Interior Enforcement, White House  
  • Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice  
  • Counsel, Office of the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee  
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice 


  • JD, Duke University School of Law  
  • BA, Haverford College  


  • English  
  • French  

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U.S. Support for Amy E. Pope

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“Amy Pope is the visionary and inclusive leader IOM needs at this time of unprecedented displacement and migration.  She has proven her exceptional capacity to achieve results that serve migrants, to lead and support IOM’s work force, and to collaborate closely with member states.  She envisions an IOM that strengthens member state engagements and invests in human capital.” – Secretary Blinken

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