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Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Renee Sonderman

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May 1, 2014


Date: 05/01/2014 Description: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014: Renee Sonderman - State Dept Image Renee Sonderman is the Deputy Director of the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. The Office of WMD Terrorism leads policy development, implementation, and program management on issues related to nuclear and radiological smuggling and terrorism, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) foreign consequence management. From February 2010 – May 2012, Ms. Sonderman served as the U.S. Coordinator for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), a multilateral nuclear security partnership of 85 countries co-chaired by the United States and Russia. From October 2007 – January 2010, Ms. Sonderman served as Director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council (NSC). She was responsible for advancing White House priorities on counterproliferation interdiction, proliferation networks, proliferation finance, and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. Ms. Sonderman also served as the NSC's Acting Senior Director for Nonproliferation during the 2009 Presidential transition.

Ms. Sonderman began her federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the Department of State's Bureau of Nonproliferation where she was responsible for nonproliferation policies related to East Asia and the Pacific. As a PMF, she also completed assignments at the American Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna. Ms. Sonderman received her master of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her bachelor degrees in political science and East Asian Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed a post-graduate program at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China.

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