Goli Ameri Appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
April 28, 2008
Washington D.C. – On March 19, 2008, Goli Ameri was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. The White House nominated Ms. Ameri for the position on November 15, 2007 and she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 2008. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is responsible for fostering mutual understanding between the United States and the rest of the world. Some of the exchanges and initiatives of the Bureau include the Fulbright Program, Gilman Program, and the Future Leaders Exchange. This position makes Ms. Ameri among the highest ranking Iranian Americans to ever serve in public office in the U.S.
Ms. Ameri’s previous positions and experience include serving as the Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Public Delegate to the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Her passion and interest in educational, cultural, and women’s issues has led her to involvement in many related fields.
Ms. Ameri was born in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and French Literature and her Masters in Communication at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Award for the 100 Most Powerful Women in Oregon and the Award of Excellence by Persian Heritage Magazine. Assistant Secretary Ameri is married and has two sons.