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Assistant Secretary , executive director , director of European Affairs

Jane Holl Lute, American federal agency administrator, retired military officer. Reserve Officers Training Corps scholar, 1976-1978; 21st Century Trust fellow, 1990, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow, 1991.


Lute, Jane Holl was born on December 1, 1956 in Newark. Daughter of John Francis and Adel (Schwetz) Holl.


Bachelor, Montclair State College, 1978. Master of Science, University Southern California, 1985. AM, Stanford University, 1988.

Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1989. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University School Law, 1999. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Montclair State University, 2008.


Previously, Lute was the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. Before that she was Assistant Secretary-General for Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations since August 2003. Currently, Lute is the President and CEO of the Arlington based Council on CyberSecurity and Senior Advisor of Measure, a Drone as a Service company.

On 5 January 2014, she was appointed Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On 8 February 2016, she was appointed Special Coordinator on Improving the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. In addition, she earned an M.A. from the University of Southern California in 1985, a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 1989, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 2000.

From 1991 to 1994, she served as director of European Affairs in the National Security Council staff at the White House. Between 1994 and 1999, Lute headed up the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict and was a senior public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars. Prior to joining the UN Secretariat, Lute served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund, which is established to administer Ted Turner’s $1 billion contribution to support the goals of the United Nations.

Before that, she served as Executive Director of the Association of the United States Army’s project on the role of American Military Power in 2000. On January 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Jane Holl Lute as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. She was confirmed April 3.

She left the department on April 9, 2013. The Undersecretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate Rand Beers was named as her acting replacement. Jane Holl Lute is married to Lt.

Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who was appointed in 2007 as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, and has served as the United States Permanent Representative to NATO since September 3, 2013.


Fellow Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Member Council on Foreign Relations, Armed Forces Communication-Electronics Association, American Political Science Association, Women in International Security.


Married Douglas E. Lute, 3 children.

John Francis Holl

Adel (Schwetz) Holl

Douglas E. Lute