Joyce Anne Barr

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Joyce Anne Barr
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Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
In office
December 19, 2011 – January 26, 2017
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Rajkumar Chellaraj
Succeeded by Harry Mahar (Acting)
United States Ambassador to Namibia
In office
October 27, 2004 – July 31, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Kevin McGuire
Succeeded by Gail Mathieu
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 66–67)
Alma mater Pacific Lutheran University
Harvard University
National Defense University

Joyce Anne Barr is an American diplomat and a career foreign service officer in the Department of State. She served as an Assistant Secretary of State for Administration and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer. Prior to that, Barr was the International Affairs Advisor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.[1] Her previous assignment was as the Executive Director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) within the State Department.[2] She served as the ambassador to Namibia from 2004 to 2007.[3]


Assistant Secretary Barr received a B.A. in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has also received a M.P.A. from Harvard University and an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Assistant Secretary Barr is a career diplomat having joined the Department of State in 1979. She has held assignments in Stockholm (1980), Budapest (1982), Nairobi (1985), Khartoum (1989), Ashgabat (1998), and Kuala Lumpur, where she was Counselor for Management Affairs.

Assistant Secretary Barr has also had domestic assignments in Washington, D.C. She worked for the Department of State’s Bureau of Personnel, Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, and while Bureau of International Organizations in the UN Industrial Development Organization and the World Tourism Organization.

Assistant Secretary Barr has also participated in the Department of State Domestic Assignment Program, also known as the Pearson Program. This program was begun in the 1970s where Foreign Service officers are assigned outside the department in order to develop their knowledge of foreign affairs legislation and of public concerns. The program also permits a better public understanding of U.S. foreign policy.[4] As part of this assignment, she worked with Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Congressman Bennie Thompson.

On December 17, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed Barr to be Assistant Secretary of State for Administration.[5]

On January 26, 2017, when Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of State, visited the United States State Department, Barr, Patrick F. Kennedy, Michele Bond, and Gentry O. Smith were all simultaneously asked to resign from the department.[6][7]


  1. ^ "International Affairs Advisor - Ambassador Joyce Anne Barr". Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Archived from the original on March 31, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "African American History Month: Joyce Barr". U.S. Department of State. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Officially In: Joyce A. Barr to be Asst Secretary for Administration". Diplopundit. May 20, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Feature: the Pearson Program and U.S. foreign policy - State Department's Domestic Assignment Program". US Department of State Dispatch. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ Labott, Elise (January 27, 2017). "Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave". CNN. 
  7. ^ Halper, Daniel; Fredericks, Bob (January 26, 2017). "Top State Dept. officials exit after Tillerson visit". New York Post. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kevin McGuire
United States Ambassador to Namibia
Succeeded by
Gail Mathieu
Political offices
Preceded by
Rajkumar Chellaraj
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
Succeeded by
Harry Mahar

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "U.S. Department of State: Biography of Joyce Anne Barr".