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Craig A. Kelly

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Term of Appointment: 09/11/2007 to present

Craig A. KellyCraig Kelly was Ambassador to Chile 2004-2007. He served as Executive Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell from March 2001 to June 2004. Before that, he served for 2 years as Executive Assistant to Thomas Pickering, who was then the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Ambassador Kelly has served in a variety of overseas posts, including Bogota, Rome and Paris. In Washington he has served in the Western Hemisphere and European Bureaus as well as at the National Security Council.

Holding a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and European History from the University of California-Los Angeles, Ambassador Kelly speaks Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He holds a diploma from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris and attended the National War College in Washington. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.


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