Kelli L. Seybolt, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Arlington, Virginia. She provides oversight and guidance for international policy and programs supporting national security objectives through politico-military affairs; security assistance programs; technology and information disclosure; education and training and cooperative research and development. She oversees more than 470 cooperative agreements valued at over $56 billion, over 380 military exchange personnel across three programs and more than 2,800 foreign military sales cases valued at over $162 billion.
Ms. Seybolt is a 25 plus year member of the Federal Civil Service with broad experience in public, interagency and international affairs. She began her federal career as a Presidential Management Intern at the U.S. Department of State.
Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Seybolt was the Director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor for the U.S. Coast Guard. In this position, she was the Coast Guard Senior Leadership’s key policy advisor on the complete range of agency activities related to international affairs and engagement. Additionally, she was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing agency strategy, policy and programs relating to Coast Guard international activities. She also established agency-wide goals and objectives for Coast Guard international activities and engages international partners directly to advance these in support of National Strategy.
1990 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
1992 Master of Arts, Public Administration, California State University Stanislaus, Turlock
2008 Air Force Fellows Program, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
1. November 1993 – March 1996, Management Analyst, Resource Management Office, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
2. April 1996 – April 1997, External Affairs Specialist, Department of the Air Force, Integrated Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Md.
3. April 1997 – April 2002, External Affairs Adviser, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Plans and Policy, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
4. April 2002 – June 2007, Branch Chief, International Space Cooperation, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
5. July 2007 – June 2008, Air Force Fellow, Project Air Force, the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
6. July 2008 – July 2010, Division Chief for Space and Cyberspace Cooperation, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Alrington, Va.
7. August 2010 – December 2013, Director of Strategy, Operations and Resources, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
8. January 2014 – March 2019, Director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
9. April 2019 – present, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Secretary of the Air Force Award
1990 Lyndon Baines Johnson Scholarship
2005 Air Force International Affairs Eagle Award
2008 Air Force International Affairs Eagle Award
2008 Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration/Chief Information Officer Group Achievement Award