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.
From 2009-2013, Dr. Ostfield served in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues (EUR/PGI) where he led policy development and implementation on a broad range of issues – including counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, human rights, United Nations, Council of Europe, environment, science, technology, health, cybersecurity, diversity/inclusion, trafficking in persons, Muslim engagement, women's issues, food security, LGBT issues, religious freedom, crime, corruption, war crimes, youth issues, homeland security, Black Sea regional issues, strategic planning, and Congressional relations – as they pertain 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 Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Near East, and Europe with U.S., European, and international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), INTERPOL, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union, and the World Bank. Previously, he led the Behavior Change Communication Division of one of the largest USAID-sponsored global health programs focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, and was the Curriculum Supervisor for one of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) earliest "innovative grants" in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Dr. Ostfield has published and presented extensively on foreign policy, national security, bioterrorism/biodefense, and global health. In addition to his international policy work, he is a social science researcher, 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 a broad range of U.S. Government, professional, and academic honors – including multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards from the U.S. Department of State, the Diplomacy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the 2006 Meritorious Unit Citation from the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Franklin Awards for initiatives in Counterterrorism and Diplomacy, the Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, international film awards for an educational documentary produced in Africa, and the 2006 President's Volunteer Service Award for his ongoing community service as an active 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.