On February 1, The University of Texas at Austin hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson to address U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere.
- M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
- B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Julie Kavanagh is the Diplomat in Residence for Texas for the U.S. Department of State. She is responsible for seeking and assisting highly motivated, talented and diverse candidates to join the Department of State through student programs, career opportunities and other employment. She is a career Foreign Service officer, having joined the Department in 1990. Prior to coming to Texas, Ms. Kavanagh was the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Mission to China from January 2017 to June 2017. She was also Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, responsible for consular operations and policy matters throughout China. She reported directly to the Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador. Ms. Kavanagh was the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Moscow, Russia from 2013–2015, where she was responsible for U.S. consular policy matters and consular operations throughout Russia. She also was the U.S. government’s Senior Officer in Charge during the Sochi Olympics. She has also served in Taiwan, Singapore, Colombia, China, Brazil and Washington. Ms. Kavanagh speaks Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese and rudimentary Russian. She is the recipient of four Superior Honor awards and four Meritorious Honor awards, as well as the 2006 Assistant Secretary’s Award for leadership.