Uzra Zeya

Uzra Zeya is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where she draws on over two decades of diplomatic experience in Near East, South Asian, European, human rights, and multilateral affairs. As Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she led the U.S. response to three major terror attacks, mobilized international action against climate change, and orchestrated President Trump’s July 2017 visit to Paris. Ms. Zeya oversaw the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, six constituent posts, and nearly 1,000 employees, comprising over 50 offices and agencies, with an annual operating budget of $80 million.

Previously, Ms. Zeya served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, from 2012 to 2014, where she managed $400 million in global assistance and advocacy for human rights and democracy, including freedoms of religion, expression, and assembly. As Acting Assistant Secretary, she led U.S. human rights dialogues with China, Egypt, and Bahrain, among others, and launched a new public-private partnership to counter gender-based violence globally. She regularly briefed Congress on U.S. democracy and human rights promotion programs abroad, and secured bipartisan support for sustained funding in an environment of budgetary austerity.

After joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Ms. Zeya served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State; Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State; Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff; UN General Assembly Coordinator; and in New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. She is the recipient of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian honor, and 15 State Department Superior Honor and Senior Performance awards. Her policy advocacy has been widely covered by international and domestic media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, and BBC, among others. 

Ms. Zeya is a Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Ms. Zeya is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.

She is based in Washington, DC.