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U.S. Department of State, Educational Cultural Affairs Update (ECA) – New Deputy Assistant, Secretary Keri Lowry

A new Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Private Sector Exchange has been announced to fill the seat that Robin Lerner vacated this spring. Keri Lowry joined the ECA on July 25, 2016, and comes to the State Department from her most recent position as Regional Director for Asia, Europe, and the Middle East/North Africa at the U.S. Peace Corps. Please find a couple of her previous roles below:

  • Senior Policy Advisor at USAID (November 2013 – June 2014)
    Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Director for Democracy, Development, and Humanitarian Affairs (February 2011 – November 2013)
    National Security Council, The White House

In Keri’s role as DAS, she oversees the Exchange Visitor Program that brings 300,000 foreign citizens to the United States to study, build skills, and teach each year. As you may imagine, Work & Travel USA students comprise a large number of these visitors! We look forward to getting to know Keri in the coming months.


-Jessica Kissell, Director, Employer Relations