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On April 27, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Lee Satterfield to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (State/ECA) The WH release the following brief bio:
Lee Satterfield, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
Lee Satterfield is President and Chief Operating Officer at Meridian International Center, a non-profit center for diplomacy that strengthens engagement between the United States and the world. At Meridian she directs daily operations and spearheads major strategic initiatives, including the launch of the Center for Diplomatic Engagement, the Center for Global Leadership, an organization-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce and the expansion of cultural diplomacy programs. She previously served in the Obama Administration as Acting Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to that, Satterfield was Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States. In the Clinton Administration, Satterfield held several senior positions including Chief of Staff to Secretary Alexis Herman at the Labor Department, Special Assistant to the President and Staff Director for The White House Office of Public Liaison. In addition to her government experience, she has worked in the private sector as a consultant. A native South Carolinian, Satterfield graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
According to history.state.gov, the Department of State established a Bureau of International Cultural Relations on Jun 1, 1959, and subsequently renamed it the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs on Apr 17, 1960. In 1978 the Bureau was abolished and its functions transferred to the International Communications Agency (subsequently the U.S. Information Agency) under Reorganization Plan No. 2 (91 Stat. 1637). On October 1, 1999, with the integration of the U.S. Information Agency into the Department of State this position was revived.
In over 60 years, only one career diplomat was appointed to this position, Lucius Durham Battle who served from 1962–1964. Previous appointees to this position include:
- Dina Habib Powell (2005–2007)
- Goli Ameri (2008–2009)
- Judith Ann Stewart-Stock (2010–2013)
- Evan Ryan (2013–2017)
- Marie Royce (2018-2021)
South Carolina native Lee Satterfield’s resume includes work for two former administrations. https://t.co/ENBicwxKUz
— The State Newspaper (@thestate) April 28, 2021
Don't forget 🔊 at the #DiplomacyForum we announced our new initiative, DiplomacyRISE: Readiness, Innovation, Skills & Equity. Tap to learn more from our President & COO @LeeSatterfield ➡️ https://t.co/UgH53Jv8vt pic.twitter.com/59mksBkNIy
— Meridian International Center (@MeridianIntl) April 26, 2021