Kiron K. Skinner Named Chief State Department Planner at State Department
Kiron K. Skinner-- a renowned expert in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and political strategy -- on Thursday was named as Chief State Department Planner by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As Director of the Policy Planning Staff, the 57-year-old -- who grew up in California -- will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and helping ensure that the day-to-day efforts of the department serve the overall strategy. She was most recently an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has also taught at Hamilton College, Harvard University, and UCLA. Skinner is an award-winning, best-selling co-author of Ronald Reagan: In His Own Hand and Reagan, a Life in Letters. She serves on a number of boards, including the Atlantic Council of the United States, and is a life Director of the Atlantic Council, as well as a life member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves as an Associate Editor of Telos, a leading humanities journal, and as the general series Editor on Ideology and American Politics for Palgrave Macmillan. Among her previous government service positions, Skinner served on the Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board as an advisor on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (2001–07); the Chief of Naval Operations’ Executive Panel (2004–15); the National Academies’ Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security (2009–11). Skinner served as a foreign policy surrogate for the Trump campaign, and was on the State Department and National Security Council “landing teams” during the presidential transition. “I really feel as an African American that we have a deep stake in the direction of our country and that there’s a natural connection between who we are and America’s role in the world, and that we need to be at the table across all political parties in the United States,” Skinner said. “I really see the Trump administration as an opportunity to lead us into a grand strategy.” More here.