Key State Department Arctic Officials

Ambassador David Balton
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. His portfolio includes managing U.S. foreign policy issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctica.

Ms. Julia Gourley
U.S. Senior Arctic Official

Ms. Gourley has served as the United States Senior Arctic Official (SAO) since 2005. As the SAO, she is the primary U.S. representative to the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum for addressing matters related to sustainable development and environmental issues in the Arctic.