Appointments | 2022


January 2022

Michael Carpenter | U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Michael Carpenter, of the District of Columbia, was appointed to serve as the new U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Nov. 10. Previously, he served as managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. Carpenter also served at the Department of State as deputy director of the Office of Russian Affairs, special Assistant for the under secretary for political affairs, political-military officer in the Office of European Security and Political Affairs, and advisor on regional conflicts in the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts. Outside of the Department, he has served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and was special advisor for Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the Vice President. He also served as director for Russia in the National Security Council. With OSCE, Carpenter has served as an election monitor, an advisor to the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, and as the senior Pentagon official responsible for conventional arms control. He has a B.A. from Stanford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Polish, Slovenian, Czech, French, and German.

Jeffrey M. Hovenier | U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo
Jeffrey M. Hovenier (SFS), of Washington, was appointed to serve as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, Nov. 19. Previously, he served as deputy chief of mission in Ankara, where he also served as chargé d’affaires from Aug. 2018 to July 2019. Prior to that, Hovenier served as deputy chief of mission and minister-counselor for political affairs in Berlin. He has served at posts in Croatia, Greece, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru as well as at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; on the staff of the United Nations Special Envoy for Kosovo Status; and on temporary assignments in Serbia, Montenegro, and a U.S. delegation to the 1999 Kosovo Peace Talks. In Washington, he was director for Central and Southeastern European Affairs at the National Security Council, and in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs with responsibility for NATO and Central European affairs. Hovenier has a B.A. from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. from Georgetown University. He speaks German, Greek, Croatian, and Spanish.

Jonathan Eric Kaplan | U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore
Jonathan Eric Kaplan, of California, was appointed to serve as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, Nov. 19. Previously, he served as founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Melt, a multi-unit California chain of fast casual restaurants based in San Francisco. He also founded and recently served as chairperson of EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization to bring high-speed internet to 48.6 million children in K-12 classrooms across the nation. Kaplan also founded Pure Digital Technologies which was acquired by CISCO, and he served as senior vice president and general manager of its Consumer Products Division. He has served as president and CEO of Sega.com, and before that was founder and CEO of FamilyWonder, an entertainment and technology company. He is a longtime member and former chapter chair of the Young President’s Organization. Kaplan has a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy | U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria
Victoria Reggie Kennedy, of Massachusetts, was appointed to service as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria, Nov. 15. Previously, she served as senior counsel in the corporate group of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP. Kennedy served as  president of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan non-profit that educates the public about the constitutional role of the U.S. Senate, encourages active citizenship, and works to inspire a new generation of civic and political leaders. She also chaired the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, and is on the board of other non-profit and civic organizations. Earlier in her career, she clerked for Hon. Robert A Sprecher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Kennedy has a B.A. from Newcomb College, and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.

Lee Satterfield | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Lee Satterfield, of South Carolina, was appointed to serve as the new Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Nov. 22. Previously, she was 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. She previously served in the Department of State as 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, and in the Clinton Administration, she held several senior positions including chief of staff to Secretary Alexis Herman at the Department of Labor, and special assistant to the president and staff director for The White House Office of Public Liaison. Satterfield has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

Julianne “Julie” Smith | U.S. Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Julianne “Julie” Smith, of Michigan, was appointed to serve as the new U.S. Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Nov. 19. Previously, she served in the Department of State as senior advisor to the secretary. Prior to that, she served as the director of the Asia and Geopolitics Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. From 2014-2018, Smith served as the director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, and from 2012-2013, she served first as the deputy national security advisor and then the acting-national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. Before the White House, she served as the principal director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon for three years. She also directed the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Smith received a B.A. from Xavier University, and an M.A. from American University. She also studied at the University of Munich in Germany and the Sorbonne in Paris. Smith speaks French and German.h and German.


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