Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
On June 23, 2010, Ann Stock was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth and sports exchange programs. ECA exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchange programs comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and over 350 current or former heads of state and government.
From September 1997 to June 2010, Ms. Stock was Vice President of Institutional Affairs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she oversaw the Center's expanded efforts to increase its national and international profile. She also managed the Center's International Arts Management Programs, and oversaw its Government Relations Office, Press Office, and Office of Institutional Affairs.
From 1993-1997, Ms. Stock served as Deputy Assistant to President William J. Clinton and as Social Secretary at The White House. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Bloomingdale's Department Stores. During the 1980 and 1984 Presidential election campaigns, Ms. Stock was Deputy Press Secretary to Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She started her career as an elementary school teacher.
Assistant Secretary Stock, a native of Indiana, holds a B.A. from Purdue University.