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David A. Duckenfield
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Outreach
Bureau of Public Affairs
Term of Appointment: 05/05/2014 to present

David A. Duckenfield joined the Bureau of Public Affairs as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in May 2014. In this role, Duckenfield manages the Bureau’s Office of Public Liaison and Domestic Outreach as well as its Intergovernmental Affairs unit and the U.S. Diplomacy Center. These offices interface directly with the American public and state and local governments to further the understanding of U.S. foreign policy values and national security interests.

Prior to joining the State Department, Duckenfield was the President of Balsera Communications, where he was part of the team that led the Hispanic media outreach efforts for the 2008 Obama for President campaign.

Before Joining Balsera Communications, Duckenfield directed Latin America and U.S. Hispanic public relations efforts for Yahoo! (2000-2007) and managed the National Basketball Association’s communications outreach in Latin America and the U.S Hispanic market from 1996-2000.

Duckenfield began his career as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Information Agency, where he served in Mexico City, Mexico, and Bogota, Colombia and received a Meritorious Honor Award.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Dartmouth College. Duckenfield was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Abbot Academy Association, and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.


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