Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

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United States
Under Secretary of State
for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State official seal.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State

since October 10, 2018
Nominator President of the United States
Inaugural holder Evelyn S. Lieberman
Formation 1999
Website Official Website

The Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs is currently the fourth ranking position[citation needed] in the U.S. Department of State that is intended to help ensure that public diplomacy is practiced in combination with public affairs and traditional diplomacy to advance U.S. interests and security. The Under Secretary oversees three bureaus at the Department of State: Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs. Also reporting to the Under Secretary are the Office of Policy, Planning and Resources for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

The position was created on October 1, 1999, during the Clinton administration after Title XIII, Section 1313 of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681-776). Section 2305 of the Act (112 Stat. 2681-825) increased the number of Under Secretaries of State from five to six. Subdivision A of the Act, also known as the Foreign Affairs Agencies Consolidation Act of 1998, abolished the United States Information Agency and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

The position of Under Secretary is currently vacant. Heather Nauert previously served as acting Under Secretary, who replaced Steve Goldstein, who was dismissed summarily by President Trump on March 13, 2018.[1] Appointments to the position require confirmation by the Senate.

List of Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Name In office Image President(s) served under
Evelyn S. Lieberman October 1, 1999 – January 19, 2001 No image.svg Bill Clinton
Charlotte Beers October 2, 2001 – March 28, 2003 No image.svg George W. Bush
Margaret D. Tutwiler December 16, 2003 – June 30, 2004 Tutwilermd 175.jpg George W. Bush
Karen Hughes September 9, 2005 – December 14, 2007 KarenHughes.jpg George W. Bush
James K. Glassman June 10, 2008 – January 15, 2009 James K Glassman.JPG George W. Bush
Judith McHale May 26, 2009 – July 2011 McHale-Judith-officialphoto 150 1.jpg Barack Obama
Kathleen Stephens February 6, 2012 – April 4, 2012
Kathleen Stevens.jpg Barack Obama
Tara Sonenshine April 5, 2012 – July 1, 2013 Tara D. Sonenshine US State Dept photo.jpg Barack Obama
Richard Stengel February 11, 2014 – December 7, 2016 Richard Stengel 2014.jpg Barack Obama
Bruce Wharton December 8, 2016 – July 2017
Bruce Wharton 2011.jpg Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Steve Goldstein December 4, 2017 – March 13, 2018 Irwin Goldstein.jpg Donald Trump
Heather Nauert March 13, 2018 – October 10, 2018
Heather Nauert official photo.jpg Donald Trump


  1. ^ Trump installs former ‘Fox and Friends’ host as under secretary of state

External links

  • Website of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Publicdiplomacy.org
  • Margaret D. Tutweiler leaves the Department of State for the New York Stock Exchange
  • The Office of the Historian's list of former Under Secretaries
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