March 28, 2023
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Ms. Rachel Poynter
Deputy Assistant Secretary for North America
Ms. Rachel Poynter, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North America, covering the U.S. bilateral relationship with Mexico and Canada. She most recently served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau, where she coordinated the Bureau’s work on regional and global issues, foreign assistance planning in Latin America and the Caribbean, congressional affairs and hemispheric strategy development.
Other positions at the State Department have included serving as the Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs, the Department’s U.S.-Mexico Border Coordinator, and a posting with the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. DAS Poynter was also the Director for North American Affairs at the National Security Council and a Brookings Fellow with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she worked on trade issues. She holds an MPA and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies from New College of Florida.