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Office of the Spokesman
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March 19, 2008


Goli Ameri Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs

Goli Ameri was sworn in today as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. She was nominated by the White House on November 15, 2007.

In 2004, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as one of three public members of the United States' delegation to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In the summer of 2005, he appointed Ms. Ameri as the head of the United States' delegation to the United Nations General Assembly where she worked on UN Management Reform, the creation of the Human Rights Council, and Internet Governance. She served until the end of the session in December of that year.

Ms. Ameri has long had an interest in education and women’s issues. She served as a trustee of the Catlin Gabel School, as a member of the Oregon Steering Committee on the Campaign for Undergraduate Education for Stanford University, and as a member of the advisory committee for the Babson College Executive MBA program in Oregon. She also taught Junior Achievement classes in Oregon, in addition to having served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Education for Women’s Leadership at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.

Prior to her government service, she was the founder and president of eTinium, Inc., a consulting and market research firm specializing in the telecommunications industry in Portland, Oregon. Before that, Ms. Ameri was a director at U.S. Leasing, a former division of Ford Motor Credit and Fleet Bank, in San Francisco.

Ms. Ameri was born in Tehran, Iran and became a U.S. citizen in 1989. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and French Literature and her Master's degree in Communications at Stanford University. Ms. Ameri also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She is fluent in French and Persian and is conversant in Spanish. She is the recipient of the Award for the 100 Most Powerful Women in Oregon and the Award of Excellence by Persian Heritage Magazine.

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Released on March 19, 2008

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