| Gregory Starr |
|Alma mater||George Washington University|
Diplomat with long time service with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service
Gregory B. Starr (born February 3, 1953) is an American diplomat and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. He was previously the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security. He was selected by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on May 6, 2009.
Prior to his appointment with the United Nations, Starr was the Director of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) from March 1, 2007. Starr also served as the acting Assistant Secretary of State for DS from October 2007 to July 2008. Starr became a Special Agent and joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1980.
His overseas assignments include Senior Regional Security Officer (RSO) at the U.S. Embassy to Israel (1997–2000), and Regional Security Officer positions in Tunisia, Senegal and Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo).
In January 2013 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced the interim replacement for Starr. Starr's pending departure had been announced the previous August.
On February 1, 2013 it was announced that Starr has again assumed the responsibility of Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and will also serve as the acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
On July 31, 2013, President Obama announced that he was formally nominating Starr for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.