|Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources|
December 20, 2013 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Thomas Nides|
|Counselor of the United States Department of State|
February 1, 2013 – December 13, 2013
|Preceded by||Cheryl Mills|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Shannon|
|Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget|
October 20, 2011 – February 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Jeff Liebman (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Brian Deese|
July 15, 1972 |
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Rochester
George Washington University
Heather Anne Higginbottom (born July 15, 1972) is a diplomat who was the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources from 2013 to 2017. She previously served as Counselor of the United States Department of State and prior to that had served as Deputy Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget from 2011 until 2013. On October 20, 2011, the United States Senate voted 64–36 to confirm her nomination to be Deputy Director of the OMB. She had previously served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the administration of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010 after serving as Policy Director of the Obama for America campaign.
Early life and education
Higginbottom attended Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.
Higginbottom began her government service in 1999, when she joined the office of then Senator John Kerry as Legislative Assistant. During her years in Senator Kerry’s staff, she handled a wide array of domestic and foreign policy issues, and eventually served as his Legislative Director, overseeing all policy matters. She also served as the Deputy National Policy Director for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign. After the 2004 election, Higginbottom founded and served as Executive Director of the American Security Project, a national security think tank. She began her career with the national non-profit organization Communities In Schools. On November 24, 2008, it was announced that Higginbottom was appointed the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the administration of President Barack Obama.
On January 7, 2011, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Some Senate Republicans united in opposing Higginbottom's nomination, citing her "lack of business and accounting experience"; however she was confirmed in the Senate in a 64–36 vote on October 20, 2011.
After John Kerry was confirmed to be United States Secretary of State in 2013, he hired Higginbottom as Counselor. In 2013, Obama nominated Higginbottom to serve as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. On November 14, 2013, her nomination was reported to the full U.S. Senate by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. On December 13, 2013, the Senate confirmed her in a 74–17 vote.
- Higginbottom confirmed by Senate as Deputy Director of OMB, senate.gov, October 20, 2011; accessed July 7, 2015.
- Profile of Heather Higginbottom, David McKay Wilson, Rochester Review, January–February 2009; accessed September 13, 2015.
- "Geithner, Summers among key economic team members announced today" (Official website). Newsroom: Press resleases. Office of the President-elect. November 24, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2008.
- Reilly, Sean (2011-01-07). "Obama chooses new OMB deputy chief". FederalTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
- Friedman, Dan (2011-04-06). "GOP opposition spells trouble for OMB nominee". National Journal. GovernmentExecutive.com. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
- Kerry hires Heather Higginbottom, washingtonpost.com; accessed July 7, 2015.
- Higginbottom confirmed as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources by US Senate, senate.gov, December 13, 2013; accessed July 7, 2015.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Profile of Heather Higginbottom, David McKay Wilson, Rochester Review, January–February 2009
|Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
|Counselor of the United States Department of State
|Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources