Roland de Marcellus serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development within the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB/IFD). In that capacity, he leads three offices that oversee the State Department’s engagement in development finance, investment policy, and monetary affairs. This work includes national security reviews of investment in the United States, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), global monetary issues, and sovereign debt issues at the Paris Club, and development policy. Mr. de Marcellus previously served in and later led the division’s Office of Development Finance that manages the State Department’s interactions with the World Bank and regional development banks, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. During over fifteen years in this office, Roland played a leading role in mobilizing international post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction assistance, including for Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has served twice on detail with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he advanced bilateral trade relations with the European Union and the Middle East.
Roland retired as a Colonel with Army service on both active duty and in the Reserves. He served in Germany as an Air Defense Artillery officer. As a Civil Affairs officer in the Reserves, he deployed three times: to Iraq in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, to Bosnia in 1999, and to Afghanistan in 2002, where he commanded the 489th Civil Affairs battalion, which implemented over 125 humanitarian infrastructure projects across the country. In his Reserve capacity, he also served part-time on the faculty of the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Roland is a career member of the State Department’s civil service. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.