|Inspector General of the Department of State|
|Assumed office |
May 15, 2020
|Preceded by||Steve Linick|
|Director of the Office of Foreign Missions|
|Assumed office |
September 16, 2019
|Preceded by||Gentry O. Smith|
|Education||Indiana University, Indianapolis (BA, JD, MBA)|
Early life and education
Akard is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a bachelor's degree in economics and French from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and has a J.D. degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He received his M.B.A. degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
After graduating from law school, Akard practiced law in Indianapolis and was an instructor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. He also worked as a law clerk for James E. Noland on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Under the George W. Bush administration, he served as special assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Executive Secretariat, as well as in assorted officer roles at multiple United States embassies between 1997 and 2005.
He served as the senior foreign affairs advisor to Indiana Governors Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, and Eric Holcomb. Akard served as the chief of staff, vice president and general counsel, and director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Beginning January 2017, he served as senior advisor and acting chief of staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.
In October 2017, he was nominated to serve as Director General of the Foreign Service. In March 2018, he withdrew his nomination after State Department officials and lawmakers raised objections that the role should be filled by a more experienced career diplomat and someone less politically connected to the Trump administration.
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