Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs

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United States
Assistant Secretary of State for
Economic and Business Affairs
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Ramin Toloui
since January 24, 2022
Reports toUnder Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
NominatorPresident of the United States
Inaugural holderWillard Long Thorp
WebsiteOfficial website

The Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs is an office in the United States Department of State responsible for managing the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. It was known as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs from December 1944 to September 15, 1972.[1]

The purpose of the bureau is to "[promote] a strong American economy by leveling the playing field for American companies doing business in global markets, attracting foreign investors to create jobs in America, and deploying economic tools to deny financing to terrorists, human rights abusers, and corrupt officials."[2]

Assistant Secretaries of State for Economic and Business Affairs[edit]

Name Assumed office Left office President(s) served under
Willard Thorp 1946 1952 Harry S. Truman
Harold F. Linder 1952 1953
Samuel C. Waugh 1953 1955 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thorsten V. Kalijarvi 1957 1957
Thomas C. Mann 1957 1960
Edwin M. Martin 1960 1962 Dwight D. Eisenhower/John F. Kennedy
Gove Griffith Johnson Jr. 1962 1965 John F. Kennedy/Lyndon B. Johnson
Anthony M. Solomon 1965 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
Philip H. Trezise 1969 1971 Richard Nixon
Willis Coburn Armstrong 1972 1974
Thomas O. Enders 1974 1975 Gerald Ford
Joseph A. Greenwald 1976 1976
Julius Katz 1976 1979 Gerald Ford/Jimmy Carter
Deane R. Hinton 1979 1981 Jimmy Carter
Robert Hormats 1981 1982 Ronald Reagan
Richard T. McCormack 1983 1985
Douglas W. McMinn 1985 1987
Eugene J. McAllister 1988 1992 Ronald Reagan/George H. W. Bush
Daniel Tarullo 1993 1996 Bill Clinton
Alan Larson 1996 1999
Earl Anthony Wayne June 1, 2000 June 3, 2006 George W. Bush
Daniel S. Sullivan June 6, 2006 January 1, 2009
Jose W. Fernandez December 2, 2009 October 2, 2013 Barack Obama
Charles Rivkin February 13, 2014 January 20, 2017
Patricia M. Haslach (acting) January 20, 2017 September 1, 2017 Donald Trump
Manisha Singh November 22, 2017 January 20, 2021
Peter D. Haas (acting)[3] January 20, 2021 August 27, 2021 Joe Biden
Matt Murray (Senior Bureau Official)[4] August 28, 2021 January 24, 2022
Ramin Toloui January 24, 2022 Incumbent


  1. ^ "Assistant Secretaries of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs". Department History. Office of the Historian. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter Haas - Official Biography". US State Department.
  4. ^ "Matt Murray - Official Biography". US State Department.