Edward A. White, Senior State Department Advisor


Ed is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor.  From 2019 to 2021, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Immediately prior to his Pentagon assignment, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Beirut from 2017 to 2019.

Earlier assignments included Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Levant Affairs where he was responsible for Syria policy; the United States Mission to NATO in Brussels; and U.S. Embassies in Baghdad, Cairo, Damascus, and Caracas.

Ed received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Notre Dame, Ed served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He also is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and practiced public finance and construction law before joining the Foreign Service.