Morgan Ortagus was sworn in as U.S. State Department Spokesperson on April 3, 2019. Ms. Ortagus, a seasoned foreign policy professional and an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer, has worked her entire career in financial services, consulting, and diplomacy.
In 2010, Ms. Ortagus was assigned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as the Deputy U.S. Treasury Attaché. Ms. Ortagus was the principal liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia. From 2008-2010, Ms. Ortagus was an intelligence analyst at the U.S. Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. She began her government service as a public affairs officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where in 2007 she spent several months in Baghdad, Iraq.