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Evelyn S. Lieberman
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

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Biography

On October 1, 1999, Evelyn S. Lieberman was sworn in as the first Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Mrs. Lieberman was nominated for that position by President Clinton on June 23, 1999 and confirmed by the Senate on July 30.

The Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs was created by the merger of the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. As Under Secretary, Mrs. Lieberman oversees the State Department public affairs and international public information operations, and education and cultural programs.

Prior to becoming Under Secretary, Mrs. Lieberman, served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State since May 1999. From March 1997 to May 1999, she was Director of the Voice of America. Before joining VOA, Mrs. Lieberman served as Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff, the first woman to hold that position. At the White House, she also served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Press Secretary and as Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the First Lady.

From 1988 to 1993, Mrs. Lieberman was press secretary to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). She has also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Children's Defense Fund and Communications Director for the National Urban Coalition.

Mrs. Lieberman is married to Edward H. Lieberman, an attorney. They live in Washington, DC.

Statement at Senate Confirmation Hearing

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