Ann Norris serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. Previously, Ms. Norris served as Senior Advisor and Counselor to the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell, with a particular focus on the empowerment of adolescent girls, gender-based violence, and gender issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Norris worked in Congress for thirteen years. From 2005 to 2014, she served as Senior Foreign Policy and Defense Advisor and Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Barbara Boxer. In that role, Ms. Norris handled all issues relating to Senator Boxer’s responsibilities as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and her chairmanship of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues. Ms. Norris also worked as a Military Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Ms. Norris is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and holds a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.