Kerri S. Hannan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Policy, Planning, and Coordination, and covers issues related to the People’s Republic of China for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Ms. Hannan previously served as the Director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, and Senior Advisor in the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources (R/PPR) for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
Prior overseas assignments include Bolivia, Argentina and India, as well as Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Her Washington tours included Director of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for the Balkans, and tours in the State Department Operations Center and European Affairs Bureau.
Ms. Hannan has an undergraduate degree in zoology and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development from the University of Florida. She has received multiple Superior Honor Awards and was selected as a State Department International Women’s Forum Leadership Fellow. She speaks French, Spanish, Dari and Portuguese.