State Department aide named to White House Detroit team

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — The White House said Thursday it is naming a State Department senior adviser as part of the administration team aiding the Motor City.

Julie Egan, a Detroit native, “will work on supporting strategies for international trade and partnership that create jobs and build on Detroit’s long history of global innovation and economic leadership,” the White House said in a statement.

Egan is a career foreign affairs officer. She has been a Middle East and North Africa adviser in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs since 2008.

She previously worked for the European Commission in the Directorate General for External Relations on the European Neighborhood Policy. She is a graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Egan will join an administration team headed by U.S. Treasury official Cliff Kellogg, who was named in January as the White House’s new point person on Detroit.

The White House first put together the team after Detroit's bankruptcy filing in July 2013. The advisers were tasked with helping the city find ways to free up existing federal funds and apply for new ones. They also were to provide technical assistance and other help.

Meanwhile, Charles Rivkin, assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, is in Detroit this week to discuss economic opportunity through international engagement. While in the city, Rivkin announced he will accompany a Detroit delegation to the Investment and Entrepreneurship Conference in Tunisia on March 5.

Egan will also join the delegation, which is composed of Detroit-based organizations and entrepreneurs.