Richard Stengel

U.S Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Richard Stengel was Sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on February 14, 2014. Stengel provides global strategic leadership of all Department of State public diplomacy and public affairs engagement. He oversees the bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs, International Information Programs, Public Affairs, and the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Stengel was the Managing Editor of Time Magazine from 2006 to 2013, where he oversaw all print and digital platforms with a domestic and international audience of nearly 50 million. From 2004 to 2006, he was the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and he served as the Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in 1999.
From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Stengel worked with Nelson Mandela on his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and he is the author of several books, including Mandela’s Way and January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, a South African Town. He has written for many publications, including The New Yorker and the New York Times. During his career at Time he also served as the national editor, culture editor, and editor of
Mr. Stengel received a B.A. from Princeton University and studied English and History as a Rhodes Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford.