Nancy Soderberg, who was a key member of President Clinton’s national security team, will be on campus to deliver a talk on Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30 pm in Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Her talk, “Meeting Today’s Global Challenges,” is a C. Mildred Thompson Lecture sponsored by the Department of History. The event is free and open to the public.
Soderberg has had a long and distinguished career. From 1993-97, she 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. She was responsible for day-to-day crisis management, briefing the president, developing U.S. national security policy at the highest levels of government, and handling issues regarding the press and Congress. She also served as an alternate representative to the United Nations with the rank of ambassador.
Prior to her tenure at the White House, Soderberg was the Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign and worked as the senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national Democratic politics since the early 1980’s, serving in a variety of capacities in national presidential campaigns since 1984.
Since 2009, Soderberg has been president of Connect U.S. Fund, a Washington, DC-based foundation that promotes responsible global engagement. President Obama appointed her as chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board in 2012, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote public access to national security decisions.
A frequent commenter on national and international television and radio, Soderberg earned a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
The C. Mildred Thompson Lecture Series honors a Vassar alumna who went on be a professor of history and dean at her alma mater.
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