Elizabeth M. Allen was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Global Public Affairs on September 13, 2021.
Liz was previously a Partner at global strategic communications and public affairs firm Finsbury Glover Hering (FGH), specializing in message strategy, project and crisis management, and executive leadership communications.
Prior to FGH, Liz served at the White House as Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, culminating eight years of service in the Obama Administration, where she held a number of roles, including White House Director of Message Planning and Deputy Director of Communications to then-Vice President Joe Biden. In 2020, Liz took a leave of absence from FGH to serve as Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications director on the Biden-Harris Presidential campaign.
During her seven years at the White House, Liz drove communications planning around the President’s priorities, domestic and foreign policies, and legislative and outreach strategy. She managed complex message events, groundbreaking interviews and documentaries, and press coverage for President Obama and Vice President Biden across the United States and in more than 30 foreign countries on five continents.
Liz previously served at the U.S. Department of State as Director of Public Affairs for Educational and Cultural Affairs, focusing on public diplomacy and the impact of people-to-people exchange programs and international education. She has also held roles at the State Department on human trafficking and international women’s issues. In August 2016, Liz was named to the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Summer Games Opening Ceremonies and traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on behalf of the White House with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Liz is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo and a proud native of Buffalo, New York.