Alex Wong serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is also dual-hatted as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea. In these roles, he manages all diplomatic and technical policy on North Korea in support of the Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.
Before taking on his duties related to North Korea, Alex oversaw regional and security affairs for the bureau, including the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy.
Prior to coming to the department, Alex was the Foreign Policy Advisor & General Counsel to Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). He was the Senator’s chief advisor on all issues related to national security, international relations, and law enforcement. He was also the Senator’s legal counsel.
Alex also served as the Foreign & Legal Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign. In that role, he was the campaign’s chief official responsible for developing foreign, defense, intelligence, judicial, and law enforcement policy and closely advising the nominees on these matters.
From 2007 to 2009, Alex served as Iraq Rule of Law Advisor for the U.S. Department of State, designing and managing the Department’s efforts to bolster Iraq’s judicial branch and anticorruption agencies.
Alex was previously in private practice with a Washington, D.C.-based international law firm. He provided Fortune 100 clients strategic and legal advice on international trade matters, governmental investigations, and regulatory compliance.
Alex clerked for the honorable Janice Rogers Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review and an editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelors degree in English literature and French.