Director of Policy Planning

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Director of Policy Planning
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Kiron Skinner[1]

since September 2018
AppointerUnited States Secretary of State
Inaugural holderGeorge F. Kennan

The Director of Policy Planning is the United States Department of State official in charge of the department's internal think tank, the Policy Planning Staff. In the department, the Director of Policy Planning has a rank equivalent to Assistant Secretary.[2][3] The position has traditionally been held by many members of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Former Directors of Policy Planning include two National Security Advisors, a President of the World Bank, and several presidents of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations.

Directors of Policy Planning[edit]


  1. ^ McBride, Courtney (August 30, 2018). "Mike Pompeo Taps Foreign Policy Scholar Kiron Skinner as Chief State Department Planner". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Assistant Secretaries and Equivalent Rank". U.S. Department of State. January 20, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Department Organization Chart". U.S. Department of State. March 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ State Department profile for David McKean

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