is an American Assistant Secretary of State
. He was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Department Spokesman on June 2
McCormack graduated from Colby College
in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. He received an M.A. in international relations from the University of Maryland, College Park
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, McCormack was an analyst at the Meridian Corporation working on issues related to arms control and non-proliferation.
Department of State career
McCormack began his career in the Foreign Service
in 1995. He served at the U.S. embassy in Ankara
from 1996 to 1998, where he was assigned as the Persian
-speaking officer in the consular section. He was posted to the U.S. embassy in Algiers
from 1998 to 1999, with responsibility for economic reporting and consular issues.
McCormack was posted to the State Department Operations Center in 1999 before moving to the Executive Secretariat Staff ("The Line"). He was detailed to the National Security Council Staff in 2001.
Immediately prior to returning to the State Department, McCormack was Special Assistant to the President, Spokesman for the National Security Council, and Deputy White House Press Secretary for Foreign Policy.