Senior Officials


For all other officials, please see: List of Bureaus and Offices. You can also access a list of other principal biographies by name or title.

Date: 2017 Description: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan - State Dept Image Deputy Secretary: John J. Sullivan
The Deputy Secretary serves as the principal deputy, adviser, and alter ego to the Secretary of State; serves as Acting Secretary of State when called upon; and assists the Secretary in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy and in giving general supervision and direction to all elements of the Department. Specific duties and supervisory responsibilities have varied over time.
Term of Appointment: 5/24/2017 to present
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  Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources: Vacant
The Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Department. The Deputy Secretary also serves as principal adviser to the Secretary on overall supervision and direction of resource allocation and management activities of the Department. The Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources assists in carrying out the Secretary's authority and responsibility for the overall direction, coordination and supervision of operational programs of the State Department, including foreign aid and civilian response programs.
 
Date: 2018 Description: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Sullivan  - State Dept Image Under Secretary for Political Affairs: Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
The Under Secretary serves as the day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and oversees six geographically defined bureaus and one functional bureau that report to the Under Secretary–bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Organizations.
Term of Appointment: 2/12/2016 to present
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  Under Secretary for Management: Vacant
The Under Secretary is responsible for providing the operational platform and facilities that the United States needs to carry out its foreign policy mission. Responsible for the people, resources, budget, facilities, technology, financial operations, consular affairs, logistics, contracting, and security for Department of State operations, and is the Secretary’s principal advisor on management issues.
 
Date: 06/09/2017 Description: Heather Nauert - State Dept Image Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (Acting): Heather Nauert
The Under Secretary leads America's public diplomacy outreach, which includes communications with international audiences, cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international visitor programs, and U.S. Government efforts to confront ideological support for terrorism. The Under Secretary oversees the bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs, as well as the Global Engagement Center, and participates in foreign policy development.
Term of Appointment: 3/13/2018 to present
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Date: 2018 Description: Andrea L. Thompson, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security - State Dept Image

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security:  Andrea L. Thompson
The Under Secretary leads the interagency policy process on nonproliferation and manages global U.S. security policy, principally in the areas of nonproliferation, arms control, regional security and defense relations, and arms transfers and security assistance.
Term of Appointment: 4/30/2018 to present
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  Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights: Vacant
The Under Secretary oversees seven bureaus and offices–the Bureaus of Conflict and Stabilization Operations; Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; International Narcotics and Law Enforcement; Population, Refugees and Migration; and Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism; and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; the Office of Global Criminal Justice.
 
  Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment: Vacant
The Under Secretary serves as the senior economic official at the State Department; advises the Secretary of State on international economic policy; and leads the work of the Department on issues ranging from energy, trade, agriculture, and aviation to bilateral relations with America's economic partners.
 
  Counselor of the Department
The Counselor is a principal officer who provides strategic guidance to the Secretary on foreign policy, undertakes efforts to enhance U.S. diplomacy and public outreach, and conducts special diplomatic assignments as directed by the Secretary.