James P. Rubin
Assistant Secretary and Chief Spokesman
James P. Rubin was nominated by President Clinton to be Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs on May 23, 1997 and confirmed by the full Senate on July 31, 1997. On August 4, 1997, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright swore Mr. Rubin in as Assistant Secretary and appointed him to be the Department's Chief Spokesman.
In this capacity, Mr. Rubin directed the development and execution of Department-wide public information policies and oversees public outreach efforts to the American people on foreign policy issues. He served as principal adviser to the Secretary, other officials of the Department, and other Government agencies on all aspects of the Department's responsibilities in the conduct of public affairs. He exercised primary authority in the Department for the coordination and release of proposed public statements; and he maintained liaison with the Executive Office of the President and other government agencies.
Prior to his Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Rubin served as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State. From August to November 1996, Mr. Rubin was Director of Foreign Policy and Spokesman for the Clinton/Gore '96 Campaign. From May 1993 until his arrival at the Clinton/Gore Campaign, Mr. Rubin served as Senior Adviser and Spokesman for U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine K. Albright. He assisted Ambassador Albright in formulating and articulating U.S. policy pursued at the United Nations. He also advised the Ambassador on national security related to her role as a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and the National Security Council.
Before joining Ambassador Albright's staff, Mr. Rubin served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). While working in the Senate, he advised Senator Biden and other Committee members on U.S. policy toward Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, China, and on global arms proliferation issues.
From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Rubin was the Research Director for the non-profit Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he often served as a consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on nuclear arms control issues.
Mr. Rubin was born in New York City, New York in 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Columbia University in 1982 and a Master in International Affairs degree in 1984. In 1998, Mr. Rubin was the recipient of Columbia College's John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement.
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