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Ryan photoMary A. Ryan
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs

Mary A. Ryan is the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs. She assumed these duties on May 12, 1993.

Ambassador Ryan, who entered the Foreign Service in 1966, began her career as Rotational Officer in Naples. She then served as Personnel Officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and as Consular Officer at the Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Her succeeding tours of duty were as Roving Administrative Officer for Africa and as Post Management Officer in the Bureau of African Affairs in Washington. She went on to become a Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Personnel also in Washington. Returning overseas in 1980, she served as Administration Counselor at U.S. Embassies in Abidjan and Khartoum. Ambassador Ryan has also been a Foreign Service Inspector and the Executive Director of the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. She was Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary for Management for three years immediately before being assigned as Ambassador to Swaziland in 1988.

Returning to Washington in 1990, Ambassador Ryan served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Assigned as Director of the Kuwait Task Force following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, she served in this capacity until her assignment to the United Nations Special Commission on the Elimination of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction as the Commission's first Director of Operations. She returned from New York to take up her duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs.

Ms. Ryan was the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 1992. She was promoted to Career Minister in 1992.

Ms. Ryan was born in New York City and has a B.A. and M.A. from St. John's University in New York.

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