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President  Barack Obama
Succeeded by  Gail Mathieu
Preceded by  Rajkumar Chellaraj
Name  Joyce Barr
President  George W. Bush
Role  Diplomat
Preceded by  Kevin McGuire

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Alma mater  Pacific Lutheran University Harvard University National Defense University
Education  Harvard University, Pacific Lutheran University

Joyce Anne Barr is an American diplomat and a career foreign service officer in the Department of State. She served as an Assistant Secretary of State for Administration and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer. Prior to that, Barr was the International Affairs Advisor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Her previous assignment was as the Executive Director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) within the State Department. She served as the ambassador to Namibia from 2004 to 2007.



Assistant Secretary Barr received a B.A. in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has also received a M.P.A. from Harvard University and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Assistant Secretary Barr is a career diplomat having joined the Department of State in 1979. She has held assignments in Stockholm (1980), Budapest (1982), Nairobi (1985), Khartoum (1989), Ashgabat (1998), and Kuala Lumpur, where she was Counselor for Management Affairs.

Assistant Secretary Barr has also had domestic assignments in Washington, D.C. She worked for the Department of State’s Bureau of Personnel, Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, and while Bureau of International Organizations in the UN Industrial Development Organization and the World Tourism Organization.

Assistant Secretary Barr has also participated in the Department of State Domestic Assignment Program, also known as the Pearson Program. This program was begun in the 1970s where Foreign Service officers are assigned outside the department in order to develop their knowledge of foreign affairs legislation and of public concerns. The program also permits a better public understanding of U.S. foreign policy. As part of this assignment, she worked with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Congressman Bennie Thompson.

On December 17, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Barr to be Assistant Secretary of State for Administration.

On January 26, 2017, when Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of State, visited the United States State Department, Barr, Patrick F. Kennedy, Michele Bond, and Gentry O. Smith were all simultaneously asked to resign from the department.


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