Daniel Rosenblum is the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. Working within the State Department’s Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs, and coordinating closely with the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs and the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, Mr. Rosenblum oversees all U.S. Government assistance to more than thirty countries in Europe and Eurasia, with primary focus on the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia. He coordinates the programs of more than a dozen U.S. government agencies and State Department bureaus involved in U.S. economic, democratic, security, and humanitarian assistance in the region, and designs assistance strategies that support U.S. foreign policy priorities. He also plays the lead role in allocating foreign assistance budgets appropriated by Congress, and works closely with foreign governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs to ensure that U.S. foreign aid is used efficiently and effectively.
From 2004-2008, Mr. Rosenblum served as the Deputy Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, and for a portion of that time was “double-hatted” as the Senior Coordinator for Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance. Previously (1997-2004), he was a Special Advisor for Economic Programs and later Director of the FREEDOM Support Act Division in the Assistance Coordinator’s office. Among other efforts during those years, Mr. Rosenblum helped design and implement the “Regional Initiative,” a U.S. government-funded program aimed at promoting democratic and market reforms in Russia by helping create successful models of economic and political development at the regional level; led interagency efforts to develop assistance strategies for Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and other countries; developed a process for managing the orderly phase out of U.S. assistance to European and Eurasian countries; and managed budget formulation and oversight for the FREEDOM Support and Support for East European Democracy (SEED) Act foreign assistance accounts.
Before coming to the State Department, Mr. Rosenblum spent six years (1991-97) as Senior Program Coordinator at the Free Trade Union Institute (FTUI) of the AFL-CIO. FTUI conducted educational programs and provided technical assistance to labor unions in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Mr. Rosenblum designed and oversaw implementation of FTUI’s programs, and managed the operation of field offices in Moscow, Kyiv, and Warsaw. While working for FTUI, Mr. Rosenblum also served as a public spokesman for the AFL-CIO on the labor movement in the former Soviet Union, and social problems associated with the transition to a market economy.
From 1985-89, Mr. Rosenblum worked as a legislative assistant to Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), where he advised the Senator on foreign policy, human rights, judiciary, trade, and transportation issues. He has a BA in History from Yale University and an MA in Soviet Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.