|Spokesperson for the United States Department of State|
|Assumed office |
April 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Heather Nauert|
Morgan Deann Ortagus
July 10, 1982
Auburndale, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Florida Southern College (BS)|
Johns Hopkins University (MA, MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||2014–present|
|Unit||U.S. Navy Reserve|
Morgan Deann Ortagus (born July 10, 1982) is an American government official serving as spokesperson for the United States Department of State since 2019. She previously held several government positions including Deputy Treasury Attaché and Intelligence Analyst at the United States Department of the Treasury and Public Affairs Officer at USAID. Ortagus worked as national security contributor at Fox News prior to her appointment as State Department spokesperson. She is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Ortagus was born in Auburndale, Florida to Ronald E. and Denise C. Ortagus. Her father owned a cleanup and restoration company and her mother was an office manager. She grew up in Florida and won the Miss Florida Citrus title in 2003.
In 2005, Ortagus graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. In 2013, Ortagus graduated from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) with a Master degree; Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and in 2009 Master of Arts in Government from JHU. Ortagus's research at JHU included work on counterinsurgency.
In 2006, Ortagus worked as press secretary on former Deputy National Security Advisor K. T. McFarland's Senate campaign. Prior to that she had been a campaign staffer for Florida Republican congressman Adam Putnam.
United States Agency for International Development
From 2007 to 2008, Ortagus was a public affairs officer at United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the George W. Bush administration, spending several months in Baghdad, Iraq. This was Ortagus's first government service.
United States Department of the Treasury
In 2010, Ortagus served as Deputy Treasury Attaché under the Obama administration based at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when the Arab Spring was breaking out within the region. As Deputy Treasury Attaché, Ortagus worked on countering illicit financial flows.
After returning to the United States, Ortagus left the government and joined the private sector, first as global relationship manager at Standard Chartered Bank working with clients from Asia, the Middle East and Africa and then in 2016 as executive director at Ernst & Young (EY), where she helped found EY's Geostrategic Business Group working on geopolitical risk analysis for investors.
Ortagus worked as national security contributor and Republican strategist at the Fox News Channel, appearing on Fox & Friends, Outnumbered, The Five and Mornings with Maria on the Fox Business Network.
United States Department of State
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