Diplomacy in a Digital World

Diplomacy in a Digital World

Alec Ross

1.24.2011

Alec Ross

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals.

Prior to his service at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee.

In 2000, Alec Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. During his eight years at One Economy, it grew from a team of four people working in a basement to the world's largest digital divide organization, with programs on four continents.

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher in inner-city Baltimore through Teach for America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gives a Clinton School lecture titled, "Diplomacy in a Digital World," about efforts to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals. Ross, who helped develop President Obama’s technology and innovation plan during the 2008 presidential campaign, is responsible for stewarding Secretary Clinton’s 21st Century Statecraft agenda utilizing technology in American diplomacy.