Cornell University

CIPA Colloquium: Public Affairs in Practice

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

G-10 Biotech

Guest Speaker: Matthew Steinhelfer                                 

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State

Matthew Steinhelfer is the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary.  In this role, Matt leads the Bureau’s efforts to anticipate, prevent, and respond to conflict and instability in theWestern Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A Civil Servant, he brings a wealth of qualitative and quantitative analysis, program management, organizational development, and regional expertise to the bureau.  Matt joined CSO from the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where he led a team of democracy, governance, economic, and security sector subject matter experts responsible for thematic analysis of over $8.3 billion in annual U.S. foreign assistance. Matt has held several other State positions: Chief of Staff to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Political Military Affairs Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Kabul; International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Central America Coordinator; Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Program Officer for Southeast and East Asia, and Iraq; and Program Assistant in the Secretary’s Office of International Women’s Issues.  Matt is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards.  He is a graduate of the Department of Interior’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, designed to identify the next cohort of senior government executives.  He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Peace Operations from George Mason University. He speaks German and Afghan Dari. 

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