Marianne Craven is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. She is a career civil servant and former Foreign Service officer who had overseas assignments in Mali, Poland, and Italy. She works with programs including Fulbright Scholarships, Humphrey Fellowships, Gilman Scholarships, EducationUSA advising about U.S. higher education, young leader exchanges, and English and foreign language programs. Ms. Craven also serves as a liaison for the State Department with the East-West Center in Hawaii, and she contributes to the development of U.S. positions on international higher education issues in multilateral fora.
She has held several positions in the ECA Bureau in Washington administering international educational and cultural programs. She is originally from Middlebury, Vermont, and is a graduate of Smith College.