Global Education
RE Speakers Series

"Social Programs and Development in Foreign Policy"

Jenny Urizar '99 (Office of Global Partnerships at the Department of State)
Jenny Urizar ’99, who has worked as a member of the National Security Council and for State Department, shared her experiences as part of the 2004 presidential campaign of then-Sen. John Kerry and the 2008 presidential campaign team of then-Sen. Barak Obama during a talk at Ransom Everglades on January 20, 2015.
She also answered questions on topics from terrorism to the use of drones to the skills needed for a career in foreign policy and public service.

Since serving on the National Security Transition Team in 2008, Urizar has held several positions within the White House on the staff of the National Security Council and in the State Department, where she currently works. Jenny discussed her role foreign affairs initiatives under the framework laid out by President Obama in his “Cairo speech” in 2009, especially the creation of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, now in its fifth year. 

Urizar, the Senior Advisor in Secretary Kerry’s Office of Global Partnerships at the Department of State, previously served as the Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council Staff at The White House. Since 2009, she has served at the White House, including as the Director for Global Engagement where she helped design various education, entrepreneurship, and science and technology initiatives in support of the President’s 2009 Cairo speech. Ms. Urizar also served in the office of the National Security Staff Chief of Staff. She was a member of the 2008 Obama-Biden National Security Council Transition Team.

Urizar received her BA from Brown University and her MS in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.
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