Meroë Park

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Person.png Meroë Park  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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BornDecember 1, 1966
Eugene, Oregon, USA
Alma materGeorgetown University
ParentsKwangjai Park
Former Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Employment.png Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
January 20, 2017 - January 23, 2017
Preceded byJohn Brennan
Succeeded byMike Pompeo

Meroë Park is an American former intelligence official who was Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2013 to 2017. Prior to Mike Pompeo's confirmation, she briefly was Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in 2017.[1][2][3][4] On January 27, 2020, she became Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the Smithsonian Institution.

Early life

Park was born to Korean-born professor Kwangjai Park in Eugene, Oregon and raised there.[5] She graduated from Georgetown University (BSc).


Park worked at the CIA for 27 years, during which she worked as Chief of Human Resources, Director of Corporate Resources for Analysis, Chief of Payroll, and as a senior mission support officer for locations in Eurasia and Western Europe.[5] During her career, she received two Presidential Rank Awards. After working as Executive Director and briefly as Acting Director, she retired from the intelligence community in June 2017.[6]

After leaving the CIA, Park became Non-executive Director at the Bank of Butterfield in October 2017.[7] Bank of Butterfield is a Bermuda-based banking and wealth management firm which operates on Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and in the United Kingdom.[8] She also became Executive Vice President of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, where she oversees the different programs of that organization and its work with federal agencies.[9] In February 2018, she was named a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence at Georgetown University.[5] In December, 2019, Park was appointed deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Smithsonian Institution. She is responsible for supervising 6,000 employees at 19 museums, 21 libraries, nine research centers and the National Zoo.[10]


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