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Sandra   Oudkirk

Sandra Oudkirk

U.S. Department of State
Director for Sanctions Policy and Implementation, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Washington, DC, USA

Sandra Oudkirk, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, joined the Department of State in 1991 and joined the Economic Bureau as Director for Sanctions Policy and Implementation in August 2016.  Her previous overseas assignments include consular assignments at AIT/Taipei and Embassy Dublin as well as two assignments in Turkey (trade officer in Ankara 1999-2001 and Deputy Principal Officer in Istanbul 2006-2009), a tour as Narcotics Affairs Section Chief in Kingston, Jamaica and an assignment as the economic counselor in Beijing.  She has also served as the East Asia and Pacific Bureau staff assistant, the Burma/Laos desk officer, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center and as the Director for the Middle East and Asia in the Energy Bureau.

Ms. Oudkirk was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Turkish.   She is married to fellow Foreign Service Officer Scott Oudkirk; they have three school-aged children.


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