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Katherine Abrames

State (joined: March 4, 2018)

Staff Assistant (Deputy Scheduler), Office of the Secretary | $56,233

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Stephen J. Akard

State (joined: June 11, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Office Of The Under Secretary For Economic Growth, Energy, And The Environment | Special Advisor to Transition, Office Of The Secretary | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Mary Allen

State (joined: July 9, 2017)

Staff Assistant, Office of Policy Planning | $54,972

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Larry Edward Andre Jr.

State (joined: Nov. 2, 2017)

Ambassador, Djibouti | Financial Disclosure »

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Luis E. Arreaga

State (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

Ambassador, Guatemala | Financial Disclosure »

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Kimberly Badenhop

State (joined: Sept. 29, 2017)

Special Advisor, Office Of The Under Secretary For Management | Special Advisor, Office of Policy Planning | $112,021

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Brittany Balmer

State (joined: June 25, 2017)

Senior Protocol Officer, Office Of The Chief Of Protocol | $112,021

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Peter Henry Barlerin

State (joined: Nov. 2, 2017)

Ambassador, Cameroon | Financial Disclosure »

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Riley Barnes

State (joined: June 11, 2017)

Speechwriter, Office of Policy Planning | $131,767 | Financial Disclosure »

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Matthew Bartlett

State (joined: Oct. 29, 2017)

Special Assistant for Congressional Relations, Office Of The U.S. Global Aids Coordinator | $94,796

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John R. Bass

State (joined: Sept. 28, 2017)

Ambassador, Afghanistan | Financial Disclosure »

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Mary Beams departed Dec. 9, 2017

State (joined: Aug. 20, 2017)

Counselor, Office Of The Counselor | $179,700

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  • Advent International Acted as paid advisor/consultant regarding a company Advent was looking to invest in.
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Ashley D. Bell departed June 24, 2017

State (joined: Feb. 6, 2017)

Special Advisor to Transition, Office Of The Secretary | $161,900

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Shannon Bell

State (joined: Sept. 2, 2018)

Staff Assistant, Office of the Counselor | $56,233

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Senior at the George Washington University and a member of the University Honors Program pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs (Security Policy) and a Minor in Criminal Justice.

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Robin Bernstein Awaiting Senate Confirmation

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Ambassador, Dominican Republic | Financial Disclosure »

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Former Positions Outside Government

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  • Mass Mutual Life Career agent and former Unit Sales Manager for life insurance sales and customer service for Mass Mutual Life in detached W. Palm Beach, Florida office
  • Richard S. Bernstein & Associates, Inc. President and Director of Marketing for life and health insurance brokerage agency. Duties involve life insurance sales, marketing and strategic planning for the firm.
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Robert I. Blau departed May 27, 2017Transferred to Millennium Challenge Corporation

State (joined: March 20, 2017)

Special Advisor to Transition, Office of the Secretary | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Tyler Brace

State (joined: July 8, 2018)

Strategic Advisor, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs | $81,548

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Kenneth J. Braithwaite

State (joined: Dec. 21, 2017)

Ambassador, Norway | Financial Disclosure »

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  • Vizient Inc. Services provided as Group Senior Vice President
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Terry Branstad

State (joined: May 22, 2017)

Ambassador, China | Financial Disclosure »

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Thomas-Ulrich Brechbuhl

State (joined: May 1, 2018)

Counselor, Office of the Secretary | $179,700

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Bio, via US Department of State:

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Brechbuhl was president of Appenzeller Point, LLC, a family investing and consulting business. He also served as the executive chairman of Avadyne Health and on the board of five other healthcare and financial services businesses. Mr. Brechbuhl graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment patrolling the Iron Curtain before its fall. He also served with the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the U.S. Army’s First Calvary Division during the Persian Gulf War. After leaving active duty, Mr. Brechbuhl graduated from Harvard Business School, receiving his Master of Business Administration in 1994. Since then he worked with Bain and Company, Inc., and has served as the CFO and CEO of multiple companies, both private equity owned and publicly traded. Born in Switzerland, Mr. Brechbuhl grew up in Garden City, New York, and speaks French, German, and Swiss-German.

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Kimberly Breier

State (joined: June 11, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Office Of Policy Planning | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Former Positions Outside Government

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  • Capstone Mining Through Peschard Sverdrup International I p rovided consulting services to Capstone min ing.
  • Goldcorp Through Peschard Sverdrup International I p rovided consulting services to Goldcorp.
  • Peschard Sverdrup International I provided consulting services to Peschard Sverdrup International as a sub-contractor.
  • Royal Gold Through Peschard Sverdrup International I p rovided consulting services to Royal Gold.
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Maria E. Brewer

State (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

Ambassador, Sierra Leone | Financial Disclosure »

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Scott Brown

State (joined: June 8, 2017)

Ambassador, New Zealand & Samoa | Financial Disclosure »

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Samuel Dale Brownback

State (joined: Jan. 24, 2018)

Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom | Financial Disclosure »

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Robert Duke Buchan III

State (joined: Nov. 2, 2017)

Ambassador, Spain & Andorra | Financial Disclosure »

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Brian Bulatao

State (joined: Sept. 2, 2018)

Senior Advisor, Office of the Counselor | $179,700

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Bio, via Roll Call:

Bulatao has followed Pompeo throughout much of his career, The duo attended West Point together and went on to co-found Thayer Aerospace, a Kansas-based company that manufactures airplane parts. And Bulatao worked as CIA’s chief operating officer when Pompeo was the agency’s director.

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Taylor M. Bush

State (joined: May 28, 2017)

Special Assistant, Office Of The Secretary | Special Assistant, Office Of The Under Secretary For Management | $94,796 | Financial Disclosure »

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Carrie B. Cabelka

State (joined: April 16, 2017)

White House Liaison, Office Of The Under Secretary For Management | $169,572 | Financial Disclosure »

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Caroline Casagrande

State (joined: Sept. 2, 2018)

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs | $134,789

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Bio, via U.S. Department of State:

Previously, Ms. Casagrande served as the Special Advisor to ECA Assistant Secretary Marie Royce, providing senior-level advice on the formulation of public diplomacy programming to support the National Security Strategy. She has led new initiatives on a broad range of educational and cultural exchange programming to support global women’s economic empowerment, religious freedom, and countering state-sponsored disinformation. A life-long public servant, Ms. Casagrande served in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 11th and 12th Legislative Districts from 2008 to 2016, rising to Deputy Republican Leader. She is the youngest woman assembly member ever elected in New Jersey, and a member of the first all-female delegation to represent a New Jersey Legislative District. Prior to serving in the New Jersey Assembly, she was a partner in the law firm of Menna, Supko & Casagrande in Shrewsbury, NJ. She has served as township attorney and special counsel for municipalities throughout New Jersey. Ms. Casagrande served as Director of the Young Women’s Leadership Institute from 2010-2016, which she developed to expose high school seniors to careers in public service. She has been an honorary fellow of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics since 2015. She is an exchange alumna, having participated both as an American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) delegate to Nepal in 2010 and as an ACYPL fellowship recipient at the East-West Center in 2015 from where she traveled to India as part of a delegation of young parliamentarians. A New Jersey native, Ms. Casagrande holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden and a B.S. in political science from Pennsylvania State University. While in college, Ms. Casagrande interned in the new democratic government of South Africa.

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