Ms. Anita Friedt is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance (AVC).
Prior to joining the AVC Bureau, Ms. Friedt served as the Director for Arms Control and Nonproliferation at the National Security Council from 2009-2011. While on the National Security Staff, she was a key player in the successful negotiation and ratification of the New START Treaty and worked to update conventional arms control in Europe, strengthen European security, and advance missile defense cooperation with Russia. Ms. Friedt has enjoyed a 33-year career at the Department of State, focusing on European foreign policy with an emphasis on Russia and European security and nonproliferation. Ms. Friedt has earned numerous awards, including seven Superior Honor awards for her work on U.S.-Russia and European Security issues. Ms. Friedt holds a B.A. from James Madison University, and an M.A. from Georgetown University. She is proficient in German and Russian.