Moira Whelan has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State since August 2013. Her portfolio includes the offices of Website Management, Broadcast Services and Digital Engagement, encompassing the full spectrum of the State Department’s flagship broadcast and social media tools. Ms. Whelan previously held the position of Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs where she managed communications projects on behalf of the Assistant Secretary including crisis communications, Economic Statecraft, the State/USAID Budget and others, beginning in 2011.
Ms. Whelan served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she directed the Agency’s global communications infrastructure. She also served as the Director of Strategic Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, and in senior communications positions at the National Security Network, of which she was a founding staff member; Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Democratic Staff; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Prior to her employment with the State Department, she served on the national security policy teams of Obama for America in 2008 and Kerry-Edwards in 2004. She also served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2008-2012.
Ms. Whelan is a graduate of Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and the graduate program in International Studies at Old Dominion University.