Ambassador Donald Blinken’s daughter-in-law, Evan Ryan, nominated to be Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
On July 8, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Donald Blinken’s daughter-in-law, Evan Ryan, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Evan Ryan served as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, a position she held from 2009 to 2013. Prior to this, she was Deputy Campaign Manager for the Biden for President Campaign. Previously, Ms. Ryan was a Consultant for Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. In 2006, she served as Political Director of Unite Our States and prior to that, she was Deputy Chair in Governance for the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005. From 2003 to 2004, she served as the Deputy Director of Communications for the John Kerry for President Campaign, and before that as the Director of Scheduling for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senatorial campaign. Ms. Ryan previously served in the White House from 1994 to 2000, including as Deputy Director of Scheduling for the First Lady from 1997 to 2000 and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff to the First Lady from 1994 to 1997. From 2003 to 2008, she served on the board of Peace Players International and from 2008 to 2013, she was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Ryan received a B.A. from Boston College and a M.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.