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Biography of June Carter Perry, Director, Office of Social and Humanitarian Affairs

Ms. Perry smiles for cameraJune Carter Perry is Director, Office of Social and Humanitarian Affairs in the State Departmentís Bureau of International Organization Affairs. She is responsible for U.S. policy and participation in the UN Commission on Human Rights, the UN Commission on the Status of Women and ECOSOC. Her office also manages social and humanitarian issues, trafficking, aging, youth and families and disaster information and provides support to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees Executive Committee.

Ms. Perry has also been Diplomat in Residence at Howard University; Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargeí díAffaires at the American Embassies in Madagascar and the Central African Republic; Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs; Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Policy and Plans, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and Chief of the Internal Political Affairs Unit at the American Embassy in Paris, France. She was Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State; served in Zambia and Zimbabwe; and, was desk officer for Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. She established and chaired the State/AID Working Group on South African Bursaries and was a delegation member of the U.S./South African Binational Commission and co-convenor of the first International Peacekeeping Operations in Africa Conference held at the National Defense University. Ms. Perry is a recipient of several State Department awards including the Diplomat in Residence of the Year Award and the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Perry was Director of Public Affairs for the national volunteer agency ACTION, including Peace Corps and VISTA. She was Director of Public Affairs for WGMS/RKO Radio and producer/host of local and national programs. She received the RKO Corporationís Superior Achiever Award, the Metropolitan Mass Media Award and the Black Achievers in Industry Award for her contributions to broadcasting. Ms. Perry taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Maryland, College Park and at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. She previously taught high school in Micronesia and lived in Guyana and Malaysia in connection with Peace Corps. Ms. Perry is a graduate of the National Defense University and of the State Departmentís Senior Seminar. She earned her Masterís Degree in History at the University of Chicago where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and her Bachelorís Degree in History from Loyola University, Chicago. She is a recipient of the Mundelein College Loyola Distinguished Alumna Award and a Visiting Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton. She is past-Vice President of the Thursday Luncheon Group, a foreign affairs organization, and of The Womenís Institute in Washington, DC. Ms. Perry is married to a former senior USAID and Peace Corps official. The Perrys have two sons and a granddaughter.


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