Andrew Ou assumed his current position as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in July 2019.
Since joining the State Department in September 2001, Mr. Ou has served as a Consular Officer in Kingston, Jamaica and Hong Kong; South Korea Desk Officer at State Department headquarters; diplomatic exchange fellow covering India and Pakistan at the Japanese Foreign Ministry; Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan; Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, China; Deputy Director of the Office of Taiwan Coordination in Washington DC; and Assessor at the State Department’s Board of Examiners.
Mr. Ou speaks Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea; attended secondary school in Pensacola, Florida and Nairobi, Kenya; and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in international politics at Georgetown University. After working in the Japanese public service and education sectors for four years, Mr. Ou completed a Masters degree in East Asian history at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.