Amy Pope Biography
Amy E. Pope is the Deputy Director General for Management and Reform at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is the U.S. candidate for Director General of IOM.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement: “Amy Pope is the visionary and inclusive leader IOM needs at this time of unprecedented displacement and migration. She is experienced at working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and community stakeholders to translate policies into reality. Ms. Pope has successfully led governance and budget reforms at IOM, which have garnered wide support from IOM’s member states. Ms. Pope has proven her exceptional capacity to achieve results that serve migrants, to lead and support IOM’s workforce, and to collaborate closely with member states. She envisions an IOM that strengthens member state engagement and invests in human capital.
“The United States strongly supports Amy Pope’s candidacy. We are confident that under her leadership, IOM will thrive as the premier international organization for migration.”
Prior to joining IOM, Amy Pope served as the Senior Advisor on Migration to President Biden in 2021; Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor from 2015-2017, and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on Transborder Security from 2013-2015. At the White House, she developed and implemented comprehensive strategies to manage migration surges, address trafficking in persons, respond to the Zika and Ebola outbreaks, and prepare communities to react to climate crises. Since then, she has continued to promote dialogue on global migration challenges through her academic writing and work with Chatham House. She has also occupied positions at the US Department of Justice and US Senate and was a Partner in the London-based law firm Schillings.
Amy Pope has guided government entities and private sector organizations through organizational change, working with them to better strategize, innovate, and manage risk. She has a strong record of developing staff and building empowered and diverse teams to achieve change – a skill that will serve as an asset to ongoing reforms at IOM. In addition, she has exceptional experience building partnerships and promoting collaboration. She has worked with multilateral organizations, governments, and community stakeholders to develop and execute policies on migration, refugee resettlement, and countering violent extremism.
She graduated magna cum laude from the Duke University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and has a BA in Political Science (with Honors) from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Amy Pope Family
Amy Pope is married and has two daughters.