Benjamin Friedmann was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Digital Strategy for the United States Department of State in April 2019. He leads the multiple offices responsible for the State Department’s coordinated global digital communications and engagement strategy. Prior to joining the State Department, Friedmann served as the Chief Digital Officer for the Republican Governors Association. In 2016 Friedmann served as the Director for Digital Operations and Technology Partnerships for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH and as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s National Digital Campaign Director.
Previously, Friedmann held numerous positions at Google. He was recruited as an Advertising Strategist for Google’s national Small Business (SMB) engagement program, and later managed Fortune 500 strategic marketing partnerships for the firm’s Global Business Operations unit. In 2012 Friedmann was selected as the Google Elections team’s embedded GOP presidential campaign liaison. Prior to Google, Friedmann worked in Brand Marketing and Licensing at the Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, CA.
Friedmann received his MBA from Columbia University and earned a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film and International Studies from Northwestern University. From 2011-2014 he was the Co-Chair of the Google American Indian Network, and currently leads an annual seminar for young leadership fellows at the National Congress of American Indians.