Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan, a member of the Career Foreign Service, is the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central African Affairs and Security Affairs for the Bureau of African Affairs and the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo.
Ambassador Sullivan has additionally served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, from 2011-2013. She was previously Managing Director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing and Innovation. She has served multiple tours in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center, as Director (2008-2010), Deputy Director (2003 –2005), Senior Watch Officer (2002 –2003), and Watch Officer (1988-89), and in the White House Situation Room (1989-90).
Ambassador Sullivan served as the Political Chief at the U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (1997 to 2001) and as a management, consular and political officer in Douala and Yaoundé, Cameroon (1986-1988). Other Washington assignments include desk officer for Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso in the Bureau of African Affairs (1991-93) as well as post management and human resources positions. Ambassador Sullivan was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1980-1983) and later worked as Chief of Operations for the Africa Region at Peace Corps (1994-96).
Ambassador Sullivan is from New York State.