A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath arrived July 20, 2021 for her third assignment in Mexico. She most recently served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the Secretary of State, where she was responsible for internal coordination of the work of the Department, serving as the liaison between six geographic and functional bureaus and the offices of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretaries. She led the Department’s 24-hour Operations Center that monitors global events, briefs the Secretary and other Department principals, facilitates communication between the Department and the rest of the world, and coordinates the Department’s response to crises.
Stephanie served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at U.S. Embassy Singapore from January 2017 to July 2019, directing 19 U.S. government sections and agencies in the advancement of bilateral security, military, economic, and people-to-people cooperation. During that time, she led Embassy efforts in support of the historic June 2018 Singapore Summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim.
She previously served as Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy at U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Deputy Chief of Mission in Bamako, Mali, and Senior Deputy Director in the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Other assignments include Tunis, Tunisia, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and Monterrey, Mexico.
In November 2015, Stephanie was awarded the Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Stephanie was an officer in the U.S. Navy. She was a member of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation 2011-2012 Fellows Class, for which she completed executive programs at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of the Foreign Service and is married to Gautam Ramnath. They have two daughters studying at Northwestern University and Pepperdine University.