Deputy Secretary McKeon Travels to Miami, Meets with BridgeUSA Exchange VisitorsPosted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at 8:13 pm.
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon traveled to Miami, Florida, from March 29-30. The Deputy Secretary visited State Department operations in South Florida, including the Miami Passport Agency and the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Miami Field Office. The Deputy Secretary also connected with local university and business communities in South Florida. He visited Florida International University, as part of continued efforts to engage with diverse students on U.S. foreign policy priorities and careers with the State Department. Deputy Secretary McKeon spoke at the University of Miami to a group of local and international students, as well as State Department exchange program participants, as pictured above. He also addressed a group of local business leaders at an event organized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Finally, he visited the U.S. Southern Command and met with Commanding General Laura J. Richardson.
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|About Karen Ward|
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange
Karen Ward has been with the Department of State and the Exchange Visitor Program for over thirty years. Karen joined Private Sector Exchange as the Director of the Office of Private Sector Exchange Designation in December 2014. She previously had worked on all aspects of the Exchange Visitor Program, including program analyst for the secondary school student, teacher, post-secondary student, research scholar, trainee and intern categories and served as the Division Chief of the Private Sector Programs Division for three years. She spent three years as a Policy Analyst and a Senior Compliance Office within the Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance. She has extensive knowledge on program management, the regulatory process, form development, and SEVIS administration.
Karen, a native of Maryland, is a career federal civil servant with more than 30 years of service, working mostly in the areas of international exchanges and operation management. She enjoys mentoring and volunteering in her community.
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