Morgan Ortagus was sworn in as U.S. State Department Spokesperson on April 3, 2019. Ms. Ortagus, a seasoned foreign policy professional and an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer, has worked her entire career in financial services, consulting, and diplomacy.
In 2010, Ms. Ortagus was assigned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché. Ms. Ortagus was the principal liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia. From 2008-2010, Ms. Ortagus was an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. She began her government service as a public affairs officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where in 2007 she spent several months in Baghdad, Iraq.
In her private sector experience, Ms. Ortagus helped found EY’s Geostrategic Business Group and she was a Global Relationship Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in the Public Sector Group covering clients in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She was also the co-founder and Managing Director of GO Advisors, and a national security contributor at Fox News.
She earned an honors thesis at Johns Hopkins University for her research on counterinsurgency and graduated from Johns Hopkins in May 2013 with a dual Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Government. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science, cum laude, from Florida Southern College.