Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State Kathleen Kavalec assumed her duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary in August 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for Russia and for Policy and Regional Affairs. Previously, she served as Director for Russian Affairs in the same Bureau. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Delegate at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris (2010-2013). From 2009-2010, Ms. Kavalec was the Deputy Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia. She also served from 2008-2009 as the Director of Conflict Prevention in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Her overseas assignments have included tours in Ukraine, Russia, Romania and Brazil.
Ms. Kavalec holds an A.B. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S.F.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Her foreign languages include Russian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and Ukrainian.