William E. Dilday, Interdepartmental Liaison
William E. Dilday serves as Interdepartmental Liaison for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy (S/GAC) at the U.S. Department of State. From September 2003 to August 2016, Dilday served as Executive Director of the office, leading operational and administrative support for more than 170 staff working in human resources, facilities management, information technology, general services, and travel, within an annual budget of $17 million.
From March 2002 to September 2003, Dilday served as a Deputy Director and Senior Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific in the Department of State’s Office of International Health Affairs. He advised the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science and other senior State Department and administration officials on public health issues, including HIV/AIDS and SARS, in Asia, the Pacific, and other regions.
From January 2001 to March 2002, Dilday served as the Director of the Office of Country Reports and Asylum Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the State Department’s 2001 and 2002 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and the 2001 annual International Religious Freedom Report. In addition, he contributed to the State Department’s first annual Trafficking in Persons Report. Dilday also coordinated the State Department’s review of approximately 125,000 applications for asylum in the United States made each year and issued the State Department’s advisory opinions to U.S. immigration judges adjudicating such claims.
From June 1996 to January 2001, Dilday served as the Special Advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives in the State Department’s Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Bureau. During 1996-1997, he also served as the Special Advisor for South Asian, Near Eastern, and African Affairs in the same office. He coordinated U.S. foreign policy on global climate change and energy development, marine and forest conservation, trade and the environment, toxic chemicals and freshwater management, and science and technology cooperation.
From November 1990 to June 1996, Dilday served in the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation, originally as the General Fisheries Officer and then as the Senior Pacific Affairs Officer. His responsibilities included Pacific Rim fisheries negotiations and negotiations in international multilateral organizations, including the United Nations.
A career civil servant, Dilday joined the State Department in January 1989, initially serving as a student intern in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs and then as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He is the recipient of four Department of State Meritorious Honor Awards and three Superior Honor Awards. He was a nominee for the State Department’s Warren M. Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. A native of Springfield, Missouri, he is a 1989 graduate of Missouri State University.