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Nancy E Soderberg

Faculty Administrator

Political Science & Public Administration | College of Arts & Sciences

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Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is an American foreign policy strategist who held several senior level positions in the Clinton administration, including Deputy National Security Advisor and Alternate Representative to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador.  She resides in Jacksonville, Florida, where she is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of North Florida, Director of UNF's Public Service Leadership Program, and President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions, an international consulting firm.


M.S. 1984 School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Concentration: Development Economics.

B.A. 1980 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. June 1980. Concentration:
French, minor economics. Junior Year spent at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.



With over twenty five years of experience in foreign policy, Ms. Soderberg has served in the White House, at the United Nations, in the United States Senate, and on four presidential campaigns. She is President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions, an international consulting firm. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville, FL. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Ambassador Soderberg as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote pubic access to U.S. national security decisions. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown appointed her to the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority in 2013.

From July 2009 - January 2013, Ms. Soderberg served as President of Connect U.S. Fund, a Washington, D.C. based foundation that promotes responsible global engagement. From 2001-2005, Ms. Soderberg ran the New York office of the International Crisis Group as Vice President. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Ms. Soderberg to serve as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. From 1993-97, Ms. Soderberg served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Prior to serving at the White House, Ms. Soderberg served as the Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 Campaign and worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Ms. Soderberg publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy. She is the author of two books on U.S. foreign policy: The Prosperity Agenda What the World Wants from America--and What We Need in Return, written with Brian Katulis, and The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also served as President of the Sister Cities Program of the City of New York from 2002-2006. She earned a Masters of Science Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University.  


2011- Chair, Public Interest Declassification Board. Appointed by President Barack Obama.

2013- Member, Board of Directors, Jacksonville Port Authority. Appointed by Mayor Alvin Brown.

2013- Member, Board of Directors of the Florida Democratic Party, Chair of the Northeast Florida Democratic Leadership Council.

2008 - Elected Precinct Committeewoman, Duval County Democratic Executive Committee, Jacksonville, Florida.

2002-2006 President of the Sister Cities Program of the City of New York. Appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Volunteer service. 


Council on Foreign Relations, New York, New York, member
Concern Worldwide, New York, New York, member of board
National Committee on American Foreign Policy, New York, New York, Advisory Board
Tannenbaum Center, New York, New York, Advisory Board

Publications & Presentations

“The United Nations Security Council,” Chapter from Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions, Georgetown University Press, fall 2014.

The Prosperity Agenda: What the World Wants from America and What We Need in Return, John Wiley and Sons, 2008.
The Superpower Myth, The Use and Misuse of Military Might, John Wiley and Sons, 2005.
“Role of the United Nations in An Age of U.S. Hegemony,” Dag Hamarskjold and the Future of the UN, Algrave Macmillon.
“Imperatives for the International Community in Iraq,” Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences, Ellen Laipson and Maureen S. Steinbruner Editors, The Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC, 2006.
“A threat to One is a Threat to All: On the New Collective Security,” Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 20, Number 2, 2006.
"US-UN Relationship-- a Difficult But Necessary Parthnership," American Foreign Policy Interests, Volume 28, N. 4, August/2006, pp 311-318.
“The United Nations Joins the New War,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, November 2002.

“Hard Truths on Syria from the Clinton-Era, Bloomberg View, October 3, 2013.

“Time to let Peace Builders do their job,” with Thomas R. Pickering, Special to CNN, June 27, 2013.

“Kill the Pipeline: A Path to Real Energy Security,” The Hill, December 21, 2011

“Plan B for Obama: Turn South,” Foreign Policy, October 22, 2010.

“Argentina Has a Bond It Wants to Sell You. Deadbeat nations should be kept out of U.S. Capital Markets,” The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2009
“The Case for Keeping Gates,” The Washington Post, October 12, 2008.
“The Debate We Want to Hear,” The Washington Post, September 26, 2008.
“What They Really Said,” The Washington Post, September 28,2008.
“A Good Enough Spy Law,” The Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2008.
“The Way Forward on Darfur,” Opinion, May 15, 2008.
“US support for UN Peacekeeping: Areas for Additional DOD Assistance,” National Defense University, September 2007.
“America Must Tell Cristina Fernandez to be More Responsible,” Financial Times, September 2007.
“Steering Clear of Chavez,” The Washington Times, March 2007.
“Parliament of Annan: To start getting American Foreign Policy back on track, look no further than Turtle Bay,” Democracy Journal, August 2006.
“Argentina’s Annoying New Friend,” Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2006.
“Peacekeepers Are not Peacemakers,” The New York Times, August 2, 2006.
“The Four Big Myths Behind the Lebanon Crisis,” Financial Times, July 31, 2006.
“The U.S. Must Use Influence to Cool Tensions in the Middle East, Florida Times Union, July 21, 2006.
“Intervention Gap in Africa,” May 30, 2006.
“The UN’s Missed Opportunity,” Financial Times, September 14, 2005.
“Why Women Matter,”, August 2005.
“Turns Out Diplomacy Works,” Washington Monthly, May 1, 2005.
“America’s Place on the World State: Time for Bush to Abandon the Superpower Myth,” San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2005.
“Ambassador or Embitterer,” The American Prospect, April 5, 2005.
“Is Bush Worth a Second Look?” Globe and Mail, March 23, 2005.
“America’s Forgotten War,” The Boston Globe, March 21, 2005.
“The African Union Moves a Quiet Revolution,” The Christian Science Monitor, February 2005.
“To the Front, Reluctantly,” The Washington Post, June 20, 2004.
“Take Back the United Nations,” The Washington Times, January 21, 2003.
US Forces Have to Stay in Afghanistan,” International Herald Tribune, February 18, 2002. 

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