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Thomas S. Engle
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Term of Appointment: 07/08/2014 to present

Tom Engle has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs since July 2014. A career Senior Foreign Service officer, he also served in this area in 2005-07 as lead U.S. negotiator on civil aviation agreements, and concluded bilateral liberalization accords with China, Mexico, Thailand, and other countries.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Engle was director of the Office of Monetary Affairs, responsible for sovereign debt issues, financial and macroeconomic policy issues, and efforts to combat international trade-related bribery. In that capacity he was the lead U.S. representative to the Paris Club of creditor nations.

Mr. Engle joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986. He has held overseas assignments, mainly with economic responsibilities, in Beijing, Tokyo, Islamabad, Singapore, Berlin, and Kabul, serving as economic counselor at the U.S. Embassies in Germany and Afghanistan. In Singapore he was seconded to the Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization and traveled throughout the region on APEC business. Mr. Engle’s Washington assignments have mainly focused on international finance and transportation policy issues. He has also served as an assessor in the State Department’s Board of Examiners, the office responsible for evaluating new applicants to join the Foreign Service.

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Engle worked in Washington for the U.S.-China Business Council and as a radio journalist for the Voice of America. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in sociology from Davidson College in North Carolina.