Maura Harty

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Maura Ann Harty (born c. 1959) was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, from November 21, 2002 to February 29, 2008. She was a career member of the senior Foreign Service. She currently serves as the President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Harty is a native of Staten Island, New York. She graduated from New Dorp High School in 1977, where she was elected "Most Likely to Succeed" and "Class Citizen". Harty received her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she was a member of the Mu Alpha chapter of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She began her career with the Department of State in 1981 as a vice-consul in Mexico City, Mexico, and was one of two Foreign Service Officers sent to accompany U.S. forces during the invasion of Grenada (to help evacuate American citizen medical students from the island).

Harty went on to serve several tours in Washington, DC, including tours in the State Department's Operations Center and as special assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz, executive assistant to Secretary Warren Christopher, and Executive Secretary of the Department under Secretary Colin Powell. She also served abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Bogotá, Colombia, and Madrid, Spain, before being appointed U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay from 1997 to 1999.

During her tenure as Assistant Secretary, Harty oversaw the introduction of new visa security regulations in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as the identification and evacuation of American citizens after the tsunami in Indonesia and the war between Israel and Lebanon in 2006. In her position, she served as primary liaison within the Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection and Citizenship and Immigration Services on security and visa issues. She announced her February 2008 retirement from the Foreign Service on November 21, 2007, the five-year anniversary of her swearing-in as Assistant Secretary.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Edward Service
United States Ambassador to Paraguay
1997–1999
Succeeded by
David N. Greenlee
Government offices
Preceded by
Mary A. Ryan
Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
November 21, 2002 – February 29, 2008
Succeeded by
Janice L. Jacobs