Patrick Kennedy is the Acting Under Secretary for Management as of September 1996. He also serves as the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration.
He joined the Foreign Service in 1973 and served his first tour as a Regional Administrative Officer in Africa. He returned to Washington D.C. and served from 1975 to 1977 as the Personnel Officer of the Bureau of African Affairs. Following that he was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he was assigned to Paris, France as Supervisory General Services Officer.
In 1985, he returned to Washington to become Executive Director and later Deputy Executive Secretary in the Department's Executive Secretariat, where he was responsible for coordinating all administrative support for the Department's principal officers. This assignment included accompanying the Secretary of State on all foreign travel. From 1980 to 1991, he attended the Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute and then was transferred to Cairo to serve as Counselor of the Embassy for Administrative Affairs.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received a C.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. He is married to Mary Elizabeth Swope, who is also a Foreign Service Officer.
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