A Global Perspective: Training the Next Generation of International Leaders

ACAD Keynote Luncheon

Friday January 23, 2015 11:45am to 1:15pm

The ACAD Keynote Luncheon is sponsored by Dean and Provost


Evan Ryan
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
US Department of State

On September 26, 2013, Evan Ryan assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations.  ECA exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in more than 160 countries and in the United States.  ECA has had over one million program participants to date, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and over 350 current and former heads of state and government.

From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Ryan served in the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.  In this role she served as the Vice President’s liaison to elected officials and constituency groups. Previously, Ms. Ryan was a Consultant for the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. 

Assistant Secretary Ryan, a Virginia native, holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.I.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.