Senior Bureau Official
On August 1, 2017, Alyson Grunder assumed the role of Senior Bureau Official for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. Alyson will also continue concurrently serving as ECA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. The Bureau advances U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational, professional, and cultural programs that promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations. ECA has had over one million program participants to date, including more than 75 Nobel Laureates and nearly 450 current and former heads of state and government.
A four-time public affairs officer at overseas posts, Ms. Grunder was Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Baghdad from 2014-2015, leading the Mission’s strategic communications and public diplomacy outreach efforts in the wake of the 2014 incursions into Iraq and Syria of the ISIL terrorist group. In addition, she has been the public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kampala, Uganda, as well as at the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, Canada. A New Yorker, Ms. Grunder has served two tours at the New York Foreign Press Center, including as Director from 2011-2014. From 1999-2001, she was a press officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and was Acting Spokesperson on 9/11.
Ms. Grunder speaks French, Japanese and some Russian, and is a recipient of multiple State Department superior and meritorious honor awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University.
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