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President Biden Announces Key Nominees
January 23, 2023

Statements and Releases

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration:


Julie Turner, Nominee for Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues, with the Rank of Ambassador

Julie Turner is the Director of the Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the Department of State. Prior to that, she was Director for Southeast Asia at the National Security Council. Turner has served more than 16 years in the Office of East Asia and the Pacific, in positions of increasing responsibility, primarily focused on initiatives related to promoting human rights in North Korea, including a tour as Special Assistant in the Office of the Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues. She began her career at the Department of State as a Presidential Management Intern. Turner earned a B.A. at Pepperdine University, and an M.A. at the University of Maryland at College Park. She speaks French and Korean.