Evan Ryan is the wife of Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State. The couple tied the knot nearly two decades ago after meeting through work.
Like her spouse, Ryan is also a longtime civil servant. During the Obama administration, Ryan served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, which is part of the State Department. She also worked directly with Biden while he was the vice president.
She is 49 years old.
She earned her bachelor degree from Boston College, and masters degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Blinken and Ryan are raising two young children. They have kept their children out of the public eye and do not post about them on social media.
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But former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, tweeted about Blinken being a father when he was announced as Biden’s pick for Secretary of State. Power wrote, “Can’t let this get lost: the next US Secretary of State @ABlinken is a new dad.
Can’t let this get lost: the next US Secretary of State @ABlinken is a new dad. It will be inspiring for working parents everywhere to see America’s top diplomat in action as he also helps raise two toddlers. Thanks to Tony & the incomparable Evan Ryan for their family sacrifice. https://t.co/DjTSvpyHHQ
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) November 23, 2020
It will be inspiring for working parents everywhere to see America’s top diplomat in action as he also helps raise two toddlers. Thanks to Tony & the incomparable Evan Ryan for their family sacrifice.”
Ryan grew up around the nation’s capital. The New York Times reported that at the time of her wedding, Ryan’s father worked at the Office of Personnel Management in Washington and her mother was a kindergarten teacher in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College in 1993. About a decade later, she went back to school for a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Ryan started working for First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1994. Ryan first served as a special assistant to the chief of staff for the First Lady before she was promoted to Deputy Director of Scheduling in June 1997. Politico reported that Ryan went on to work for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2000.