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Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, working for the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Powell was offically sworn in as Deputy Under Secretary on July 18, 2005 by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Most recently, Powell served as assistant to the president for presidential personnel. Powell, 31, is the youngest person ever to direct the presidential personnel office and is considered to be a “rising star�? in President Bush’s administration.
A native of Egypt who speaks fluent Arabic, Powell has represented the administration in key forums across the Middle East on the president's freedom and reform agenda. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Powell served as director of congressional affairs at the Republican National Committee and as an aide to former US House Majority Leader Dick Armey, (R-Texas).