Biography

Sean McCormack
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Public Affairs
Term of Appointment: 06/02/2005 to present

Sean McCormack was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Department Spokesman on June 2, 2005. Immediately prior to returning to the State Department, Mr. McCormack served as Special Assistant to the President, Spokesman for the National Security Council, and Deputy White House Press Secretary for Foreign Policy.

Mr. McCormack began his career in the Foreign Service in 1995. He served at the U.S. embassy in Ankara from 1996 to 1998, where he was assigned as the Farsi-speaking officer in the consular section. He was posted to the U.S. embassy in Algiers from 1998 to 1999, with responsibility for economic reporting and consular issues. Mr. McCormack served in the State Department Operations Center in 1999 before moving to the Executive Secretariat Staff ("The Line"). He was detailed to the National Security Council Staff in 2001.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. McCormack was an analyst at the Meridian Corporation working on issues related to arms control and non-proliferation.

Mr. McCormack graduated from Colby College in 1986 with a Bachelor's degree in economics. He received an M.A. in international relations from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1990.