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Laurie Weitzenkorn
Managing Director for Platform Management
International Information Programs
Term of Appointment: 08/29/2013 to present
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Ms. Weitzenkorn is a career PD officer in the senior Foreign Service and the Managing Director of Platform Management in the Office of International Information Programs (IIP). As Managing Director, Ms. Weitzenkorn oversees three offices composed of some 60 FSOs, Civil Servants, and contract employees, working on the cutting edge of diplomacy’s online engagement using social networking, electronic outreach and mobile technologies.

The three offices in Platform Management include the CO.NX Office, which conducts online global interactive digital programs, the Web Engagement Office (WE) which manages IIP’s outreach via third party platforms and social media sites in English and in six languages, and the Office of Innovative Engagement (OIE), IIP’s and State’s in-house “Silicon Valley” unit, which identifies, evaluates and pilots new technologies to meet the Departments of State’s outreach goals.

Before joining IIP, Ms. Weitzenkorn served as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassies in Athens, Santiago, San Jose, and Ljubljana. She has also served in public affairs positions in Bucharest, Brasilia, and at the Department of State. During her overseas service, Ms. Weitzenkorn also served on the Boards of the Fulbright Commission Board in several countries and on the boards of Bi-national Cultural Centers in Latin America.

Prior to joining the Department of State in 1988, Ms. Weitzenkorn worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as an Assistant Curator in the Department of American Prints and Drawings and as a Research Assistant in the Department of American Painting, where she worked as a co-author of the catalogue of the Gallery’s extensive American Folk Painting collection. Ms. Weitzenkorn has a B.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University.

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