United States
Assistant Secretary of State
for International Organization Affairs
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Incumbent
Michele J. Sison

since December 21, 2021
Reports toUnder Secretary of State for Political Affairs
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderDean Acheson
Formation1944
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs is the head of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs within the United States Department of State that creates and executes policy in international organizations such as the United Nations.[1] The U.S. Department of State created the position of Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Affairs in February 1949, using one of the six Assistant secretary positions originally authorized by Congress in 1944. On August 25, 1954, a Department administrative action changed the incumbent's designation to Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. The current head of the Bureau is Ambassador Michele J. Sison.

Assistant Secretaries of State for International Organization Affairs

Officeholder Term started Term ended
Dean Rusk Feb 9, 1949 May 26, 1949
John D. Hickerson Aug 8, 1949 Jul 27, 1953
Robert D. Murphy Jul 28, 1953 Nov 30, 1953
David McK. Key Dec 18, 1953 Jul 31, 1955
Francis O. Wilcox Sep 6, 1955 Jan 20, 1961
Harlan Cleveland Feb 23, 1961 Sep 8, 1965
Joseph John Sisco Sep 10, 1965 Feb 9, 1969
Samuel De Palma Feb 11, 1969 Jun 20, 1973
David H. Popper Jun 25, 1973 Jan 2, 1974
William B. Buffum Feb 4, 1974 Dec 18, 1975
Samuel W. Lewis Dec 24, 1975 Apr 13, 1977
Charles W. Maynes Apr 14, 1977 Apr 9, 1980
Richard Lee McCall, Jr. Jun 10, 1980 Jan 21, 1981
Elliott Abrams May 13, 1981 Dec 1, 1981
Gregory J. Newell Jun 4, 1982 Nov 12, 1985
Alan L. Keyes Nov 13, 1985 Nov 17, 1987
Richard S. Williamson Feb 18, 1988 Mar 19, 1989
John R. Bolton May 22, 1989 Jan 19, 1993
Douglas J. Bennet, Jr. May 26, 1993 May 31, 1995
Princeton N. Lyman Mar 19, 1997 Oct 22, 1998
C. David Welch Oct 23, 1998 Nov 19, 2002
Kim Holmes Nov 21, 2002 May 1, 2005
Kristen Silverberg Aug 16, 2005 June 27, 2008
Brian H. Hook Oct 3, 2008 January 20, 2009
Esther Brimmer April 6, 2009 September 5, 2013
Bathsheba N. Crocker September 19, 2014 January 20, 2017
Tracey Ann Jacobson (acting) January 20, 2017 October 2017
Mary Catherine Phee (acting) December 12, 2017 March 28, 2018
Kevin Moley March 28, 2018 November 29, 2019
Jonathan J. Moore (acting) November 29, 2019 March 1, 2020
Pamela D. Pryor (initially acting, later as Senior Bureau Official)[2][3] March 2, 2020 January 20, 2021
Erica J. Barks-Ruggles (Senior Bureau Official)[4] January 20, 2021 December 21, 2021
Michele J. Sison December 21, 2021 Present

References

  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries of State for International Organization Affairs". Retrieved September 21, 2007.
  2. ^ "Pamela D. Pryor". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on October 16, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Pamela D. Pryor". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  4. ^ "Erica Barks-Ruggles". United States Department of State. Retrieved June 18, 2021.