As the Foreign Service Institute’s Deputy Director and Acting Director since 2013, Dr. Ostfield leads development and delivery of professional training in diplomacy tradecraft, languages, and leadership for U.S. Government foreign affairs professionals from entry-level through Ambassador. He served from 2009-2013 as Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs where he led policy development and implementation on cross-cutting issues with Europe and Eurasia – including counterterrorism, violent extremism, human rights, human trafficking, and counter-corruption. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Ostfield was Senior Advisor on Bioterrorism, Biodefense, and Health Security for the State Department’s Office of International Health and Biodefense. For 15 years – from 1987 to 2002 – he created, led, and evaluated large-scale USAID-funded HIV/AIDS programs worldwide and designed award-winning prevention campaigns. Over the course of his career, he has worked in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Near East, Latin America, and Africa – and with U.S., European, and international organizations including the EU, NATO, OSCE, the World Health Organization, INTERPOL, UNDP, and the World Bank.
Dr. Ostfield has published and presented extensively on foreign policy, national security, and global health. In addition to his policy work, he is a social science researcher and educator specializing in Group Dynamics, organizational behavior, negotiation, leadership, and conflict. A career member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service (SES), Dr. Ostfield has received numerous U.S. Government, professional, and academic honors – including the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center’s Meritorious Unit Citation, multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards from the U.S. Department of State, SES Performance Awards, the Diplomacy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Jacob K. Javits Award from the U.S. Department of Education, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award as a volunteer firefighter since 1995. He holds an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication – and speaks French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.