Ms. Jane Holl Lute serves in the United Nations as the Special Coordinator to improve the Organisation’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse and concurrently as the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the relocation of Camp Hurriya residents outside of Iraq. Prior to re-joining the United Nations, Ms. Lute served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Internet Security, an independent, not-for-profit organization established to strengthen the cybersecurity posture of public and private sector enterprises.
From 2009 – 2013, Ms. Lute served as the Deputy Secretary for the United States Department of Homeland Security.
From 2003-2009, Ms. Lute held various positions in United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Most notably, she served as the Acting Under Secretary-General and established and led the Department of Field Support, responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to United Nations peace operations worldwide. She also led the Office of Peacebuilding, responsible for coordinating efforts on behalf of the Secretary-General to build sustainable peace in countries emerging from violent conflict.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Lute served as the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund and as executive director of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, a global initiative that pioneered the international movement for conflict prevention.
Ms. Lute served on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.