Andy Rabens serves as a Special Advisor at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. He focuses on global youth issues and helping the U.S. Government better engage young people internationally to help solve the pressing challenges of today while also building greater global connectivity and networks to shape a more secure and prosperous future. He serves as the principal representative on youth issues for the U.S. Department of State and leads efforts to coordinate and amplify global youth policy and initiatives in three primary areas: 1) Engaging youth around shared policy challenges; 2) Empowering youth with the skills and networks to be drivers of their own destinies; and 3) Elevating the voices of young people in global affairs and amplifying the issues that affect them.
Andy previously served at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs as the Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa and as the Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs. He has also served in the Bureau of African Affairs; the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; and in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow, Andy worked for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and for the Rt. Honorable Ed Miliband in the UK Parliament. Andy has received a “Service to America Medal” from the Partnership for Public Service for his Middle East and North Africa youth engagement work and two Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for his youth and economic opportunity work. Andy is a Fellow with the New Leaders Council; a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project; an advisory board member with the Millennial Action Project; and a long-time tutor at Miner Elementary School in Washington, DC.
Andy holds a bachelors degree from Harvard University and a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.