Press Release for Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Nancy Soderberg, Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political
Science and Public Administration and director of the Public Service Program at
the University of
North Florida, was named
president of the Connect U.S. Fund, an alliance of foundations working to
promote foreign-policy agenda characterized by international cooperation and
Soderberg, a Jacksonville Beach resident, succeeded Eric
Schwartz, who has been appointed assistant secretary of state for Population,
Refugees and Migration, on July 8. She will work six days a month from Washington and will
continue her job as a visiting scholar at UNF.
am delighted to join the effort by Connect U.S. Fund to encourage collaboration
and stronger advocacy efforts in key foreign policy objectives,” said
Soderberg. “The Obama administration faces an uphill battle in many of the key
issues—climate change, nonproliferation, supporting ratification of important
treaties—and the Connect U.S. Fund can play a role in helping the
non-governmental organization (NGO) community speak with a stronger, more
new position will also help her bring the current foreign policy debates to her
political science classes at UNF and provide contacts for students looking to
develop their own careers in foreign policy and the NGO world.
Soderberg offers our students unique opportunities to learn about U.S. foreign
policy. This position will further enhance UNF’s ability to offer our students
practical experience in diplomatic relations,” said Dr. Matthew Corrigan, chair
of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNF.
She ran the New York office of the International Crisis
group as vice president for four years and served as alternate representative
to the United Nations as a presidential appointee, with the rank of ambassador,
from 1997 to 2001. She also functioned in the early- to mid-90s as the
third-ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House as
deputy assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Soderberg publishes and speaks
regularly on national security policy. Her most recent book, “The Prosperity
Agenda: What the World Wants from America—and What We Need in Return,” written
with Brian Katulis, argues for American leadership in tackling the world’s
challenges in exchange for the world assisting us with our threat.
She is a regular commentator on
national and international television and radio, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN,
FOX, BBC, National Public Radio, the “Lehrer News Hour,” “CNN Crossfire,” and
“The Daily Show.” She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and
served as president of the Sister Cities Program of New York City for four years.
Soderberg received her master’s
degree from Georgetown University’s School
of Foreign Service, concentrating on
international economics and political risk analysis, and earned her bachelor’s
degree from Vanderbilt
The Connect U.S. Fund promotes
global engagement in an increasingly interdependent world through grant-making
and operations that advance critical foreign policy objectives and support and
effective, collaborative community of individuals and organizations working
toward common objectives.
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