Andrew Keller is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions (TFS) in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, he leads and coordinates the Department’s economic sanctions and counter threat finance efforts across a range of sanctions regimes and policy priorities.
Mr. Keller has twice served in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser: as a Deputy Legal Adviser from 2013 to 2014 and as an Attorney-Adviser from 2002 to 2009. In that capacity, his work included leading priority initiatives on behalf of the Secretary of State, handling counterterrorism, law enforcement, intelligence, and other matters, and leading U.S. delegations in treaty negotiations.
From 2009-2013, Mr. Keller worked for then-Senator John Kerry as Deputy Chief Counsel, and then served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC). During that time, he provided strategic, policy, and legal guidance to Senator Kerry and the committee staff on the range of foreign policy and national security-related matters pending in the SFRC and the Senate.
Mr. Keller was also a law clerk to Judge Royal Furgeson, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He received a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. He is originally from Portland, Oregon.