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Profile: John Brennan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Resources in Bureau of Consular Affairs

John Brennan

John Brennan has served as deputy assistant secretary for resources at the State Department‘s Bureau of Consular Affairs since November 2015.

In that capacity, he manages the bureau’s budget, strategic planning, human resources and information technology functions.

The 32-year State Department veteran previously held the roles of senior adviser for the Electronic Visa Project, project director for the Global Support Services effort and coordinator for the Western Hemisphere Initiative.

He also served as minister counselor for consular affairs in Mexico, where he oversaw the consular operations of the U.S. embassy and Consulates General there, as well as coordinated the expansion of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program from 2006 to 2007.

Brennan has managed visa operations in Poland and the U.K.; handled immigrant and diversity visas in Belarus,  Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine; and served in Japan and China.

His government awards include the State Department’s Barbara Watson Award for Consular Service and the Presidential Rank Award.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Washington University at St. Louis.

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