A 32-year veteran of the Department of State, Julie Connor was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1999. Her overseas assignments have included Bogota, Colombia (twice); Santiago, Chile; Tel Aviv, Israel (twice); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Guatemala City; and Asuncion, Paraguay. Julie also headed up the U.S. Embassy’s public diplomacy efforts in Gaza from 2000-2001. In Washington, Julie was an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation (VCI) for four months; Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for the Department’s Office of International Women’s Issues (G/IWI); Deputy Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy; and USIA’s desk officer for France, Spain, and Portugal.
Julie is currently the Diplomat in Residence for Central Texas. In her previous assignments in Washington, she served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Diplomacy Center and as the Director of the Office of Global Systems in the Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO/GS), where she managed the Bureau’s relations with 42 international organizations, including the IAEA, IMO, and UNODC. Security concerns, including nuclear issues and counter-narcotics, were key issues in her portfolio.
In her last overseas assignment in Bogota, Julie headed the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS), managing a budget of $460 million, a staff of 700, and a fleet of 200 helicopters and spray planes. During her tenure, her section’s top goal, the eradication of coca (the precursor for cocaine), rose by over 22%, compared to the previous highest-ever annual increase of 2.8%. Julie led NAS to review standard business practices, then worked with the Ambassador to renegotiate with the Government of Colombia the terms under which coca eradication programs would be carried out. The changes she inaugurated, including a fleet modernization effort, resulted in increased efficiency and effectiveness.
In Santiago, Julie headed the Public Affairs Section (PAS), served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (A/DCM) for seven months, and briefly was Chargé. While A/DCM over the 9/11/2001 period, Julie was in charge on the day a letter bomb was delivered to the embassy. Her role in coordinating the embassy’s response to that event resulted in a letter of commendation from Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. Serving as Chargé on the six-month anniversary of 9/11, Julie delivered a speech to assembled Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and the diplomatic corps on the implications of 9/11 for the U.S. government. And as Director of PAS, Julie organized the one-year 9/11 anniversary events, which received national news coverage and included a first-ever visit to the U.S. chancery by Chilean president Ricardo Lagos.
Peace and democracy initiatives topped Julie’s focus in Tel Aviv, where she organized projects bringing together Israelis and Palestinians.
Julie has been the recipient of numerous Department and USIA awards, including four Superior Honor Awards, two performance awards, and USIA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Award. Julie was a co-founder and the first President of Executive Women at State (EW@S), which now has more than 1,200 members.
Julie holds an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, an M.A. from the University of Houston, and a B.A. from Rice University. She has one son, James.