Stacy E. White is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges, responsible for overseeing a broad array of professional, youth, cultural, sports and tech camp exchange programs for U.S. and international participants, including those supported by the Offices of International Visitors and Citizen Exchanges. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and has served as a Foreign Service Officer for more than 30 years.
Ms. White has served as an American diplomat abroad at U.S. embassies in Canada, Mexico, Finland, Panama, Malaysia and Indonesia. Most recently, Ms. White was Minister Counselor for Public Affairs in Ottawa, Canada, where she spent most of 2020 as the acting Deputy Chief of Mission.
In Washington, DC, Ms. White has served in the Bureau of the Western Hemisphere and in the Foreign Service Institute as the Deputy Director of Public Diplomacy Training. In 2005, she represented the State Department as its Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council.
Ms. White considers the best jobs in the State Department to be in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She previously served as the Director of the Office of International Visitors (2016-2018) and the Chief of Cultural Programs in the Office of Citizen Exchanges (2012-2015). She is a great believer in the transformational power of people-to-people exchanges.
Before entering the Foreign Service, Ms. White was an award-winning broadcast journalist in Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a bachelors degree in journalism and earned her M.A. in international relations in Leiden, the Netherlands, at Webster College.