Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Julie L. Kavanagh

Julie L. Kavanagh
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission
U.S. Embassy Beijing

Julie Kavanagh is the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China. She is responsible for consular operations and policy matters throughout China.  She reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador.  Ms. Kavanagh joined the Embassy in August 2015.

Prior to serving in China, Ms. Kavanagh was the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Moscow, Russia, responsible for U.S. consular policy matters and consular operations throughout Russia.

Ms. Kavanagh is a career Foreign Service Officer and joined the Department of State in 1990.  She has also served in Taiwan, Singapore, Colombia, China, Brazil, and Washington.  Most of her assignments have been in the consular field but she also has experience in human resources and political-military affairs.

Ms. Kavanagh graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and has a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.  She speaks Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and some 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.  Ms. Kavanagh is married to Foreign Service Officer Christopher Kavanagh.  They have three children.