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Nancy McEldowney
Director, Foreign Service Institute
February 19, 2013 to Present

FSI Director Nancy McEldowney Ambassador McEldowney was appointed by Secretary Kerry to her current position as Director of the Foreign Service Institute in February of 2013. Previously, she served as President and Senior Vice President of the National Defense University. Ambassador McEldowney has also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. Overseas, she served as Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria and as Chargé and Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Ambassador McEldowney has been granted the State Department’s Superior Honor Award on five occasions. She is also the recipient of the Sinclair Linguistic Award and of the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Ambassador McEldowney holds degrees from New College, Columbia University, and the National War College. She is married to Tim Hayes, a former fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and they have two daughters, Jessica and Alyssa. Ambassador McEldowney’s personal interests include mentoring, community service, and support of education as a pathway out of poverty.


Marc Ostfield, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Foreign Service Institute
March 2013 to Present

As the Foreign Service Institute's Deputy Director since March 2013, Dr. Ostfield serves as FSI's chief operating officer, responsible for the successful execution of training and professional development for U.S. Government foreign affairs professionals, and coordination of FSI's domestic and overseas entities. He served from 2009-2013 as Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues (EUR/PGI) in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State where he led policy development and implementation on cross-cutting issues central to U.S. foreign policy with Europe and Eurasia. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Ostfield was the Senior Advisor on Bioterrorism, Biodefense, and Health Security for the U.S. Department of State, Office of International Health and Biodefense. Over the course of his career, Dr. Ostfield has worked in more than 45 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Near East, Asia, and Africa – and with U.S., European, and international organizations including the World Health Organization, INTERPOL, NATO, USAID, the United Nations Development Programme, the European Union, and the World Bank.

Dr. Ostfield has published and presented extensively on foreign policy, national security, and global health. In addition to his international policy work, he is a social science researcher and educator specializing in group dynamics, organizational behavior, negotiation, and conflict theory. A career member of the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service (SES), Dr. Ostfield has received numerous U.S. Government, professional, and academic honors – including multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards from the U.S. Department of State, the Meritorious Unit Citation from the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Diplomacy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the President's Volunteer Service Award as a volunteer firefighter since 1995. He holds an M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication – and speaks French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.


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