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Background of key USIA officials and regional directors

USIA key officials:
Acting Director Penn Kemble
Acting Deputy Director and Counselor of the Agency Harriet L. Elam
Associate Director, Educational Cultural Affairs Bureau William B. Bader
Associate Director, Information Bureau Jonathan Spalter
Acting Associate Director, International Broadcasting Bureau Brian T. Coniff
Director, Voice of America Sanford J. Ungar
Associate Director, Management Bureau Henry Howard
Director, Office of Public Liaison Marthena S. Cowart
Director, Office of Civil Rights Hattie P. Baldwin
Director, Office of Research Ann T. Pincus
Director, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Ronna Freiberg
General Counsel Leslie Jin

USIA Area directors:
African Affairs European Affairs
East Asian & Pacific Affairs North African, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
Western Hemisphere Affairs Newly Independent States Affairs

Please contact the Office of Public Liaison, (202) 619-4355, if you have questions for USIA officials.


Acting Director, United States Information Agency

 Penn Kemble became Acting Director of the United States Information Agency on February 1, 1999. Mr. Kemble had been Deputy Director of the Agency since June 1993 under Director Joseph Duffey. Dr. Duffey resigned as director to accept a position with Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. 

Mr. Kemble served from 1991 to 1993 on the Board for International Broadcasting, which for many years directed government-funded surrogate broadcasting to Central Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. He was also a senior associate and Washington representative for Freedom House, a bipartisan human rights organization which supports democracy around the world. He was a founder of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, co-edited The Defense Democrat, and served as chairman of the coalition's Executive Committee. 

Mr. Kemble was president of Prodemca, an organization supporting democratic development in the Americas, from 1981 to 1988. From 1979 to 1981, he worked in public broadcasting as a producer and writer for WETA-TV in Washington, D.C., and from 1978 to 1979, he was a special assistant and speech writer for Senator Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). 

From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Kemble was chairman of Frontlash, Inc., an AFL-CIO-sponsored voter registration and political education campaign for working class and minority youth. He was also program director of the League for Industrial Democracy, with responsibility for youth and student affairs, from 1963 to 1969. 

Mr. Kemble has had articles published in Commentary, The New Republic and on the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and served on USIA's Radio Programs Advisory Council. 

Mr. Kemble received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1962. He is married to Marie-Louise Caravatti. 

Acting Deputy Director and Counselor of the Agency
Harriet L. Elam

Harriet L. Elam was appointed Counselor of the Agency following a four-year assignment as Counselor for Public Affairs at the United States Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. On February 1, 1999, she became Acting Deputy Director of USIA. After a four-year tour as Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in Athens, Greece, she returned to Washington as Country Affairs Officer for Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. Earlier assignments included the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; the President's Appointments Office at the White House, and Career Counselor for USIA Foreign Service personnel. Other posts abroad included France, Senegal, Mali, the Ivory Coast, and Turkey.

At the end of her tour in Athens, Ms. Elam received the U.S. Government's Superior Honor Award for improving U.S.-Greek cultural relations and a similar award from the Piraeus Cultural Association in Greece. In 1991, she received the Lois Roth Award for Excellence in Informational and Cultural Diplomacy. She received a Group Superior Honor Award for her work in connection with the Persian Gulf War; a Special Achievement Award for her efforts during President Bush's 1991 visit to Turkey, and Secretary Christopher's 1993 and 1994 visits to Turkey. In 1993, Turkish Prime Minister Demirel presented her an award from the Turkish Educational and Cultural Foundation for improving U.S.-Turkish cultural relations.

Ms. Elam holds a B.S. in International Business from Simmons College and an M.A. in Public Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She served as Vice President of the Department of State's 37th Senior Seminar. In February 1997, she was promoted to the rank of Minister Counselor. She speaks Turkish, Greek, and French. 

Ms. Elam is located in room 820 and can be reached at (202) 619-4618. 

Associate Director, Educational Cultural Affairs
Bureau William B. Bader

Senate confirmation hearing - opening statement

William B. Bader, as Associate Director for Educational and Cultural Affairs, is responsible for all of USIA's educational exchange and cultural affairs programming, including the J. William Fulbright Program, the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, the International Visitor Program, citizen exchanges, cultural programs; information, binational, and cultural centers overseas; and teaching programs.

Dr. Bader is a former Staff Director of the U. S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and prior to his USIA appointment was Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Bader has served as a Foreign Service Officer with the Office of Regional Political Military Affairs, as a senior staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the Chairmanship of Senator William Fulbright, and as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense. He has been President of the Eurasia Foundation, and served as a Visiting Economics Fellow at the World Bank. He was on the faculty of Princeton University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Bader has received the Meritorious Service Medal from the Department of State, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Officer's Cross of the Republic of Austria. He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958 and holds the rank of Captain in the U. S. Naval Reserve. Dr. Bader graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in 1953 and received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1964. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich in 1953-1954. He and his wife, the sculptor Gretta Lange Bader, have four children. 

Associate Director, Information Bureau
Jonathan Spalter

Mr. Jonathan Spalter, of New York, New York, last served as Vice President Gore's Foreign Policy Spokesman and Chief Speechwriter. He previously served on the staff on the National Security Council as Director of Public Affairs, and Assistant White House Press Secretary for International Affairs. Prior to joining the White House staff, Mr. Spalter was at the Pentagon as the Special Assistant in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he focused on a broad range of international security issues. Prior to joining the Administration, Mr. Spalter was a broadcast journalist covering diplomatic and national security affairs as the senior reporter at the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, and later as a correspondent at the Monitor Channel.

Mr. Spalter received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

Created as a Reinvention Laboratory in 1995, the Bureau of Information is responsible for managing the tools of public diplomacy. Whether through the latest in information technology or more traditional means, the bureau sends people, information and ideas around the world based on U.S. Government policies and priorities, as well as in response to the needs of USIA's posts and the issues facing publics abroad. 

Acting Associate Director, International Broadcasting Bureau
Brian T. Coniff

Effective April 12, 1999, Brian Conniff became the Acting Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB).

Previously, Mr. Conniff was the Executive Director and Director of Evaluation and Analysis for the BBG. Mr. Conniff came to the BBG from the Board for International Broadcasting (BIB), where he served as Inspector General. Prior to that, Mr. Conniff served as Director for Policy, Planning and Review and Project Manager for the Office of Inspector General of USIA. Mr. Conniff also served with the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Mr. Conniff received his Master of Public Administration degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1973 and Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from James Madison University in 1972.

He is married and has two daughters.

Mr. Conniff's office is located in Room 3300 of the Cohen Building and he can be contacted at 619-1088.

Director, Voice of America
Sanford J. Ungar

As VOA Director, Mr. Ungar will be responsible for the planning, organization, direction and policy application of all VOA broadcasting activities.

Until his appointment and since 1986, Mr. Ungar served as Dean of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was Director of Publications and Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, Washington Editor of The Atlantic Monthly, host of various programs at National Public Radio, and Special Correspondent for The Economist.

Mr. Ungar also has written a number of books, as well as articles for such publications as U.S. News and World Report, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Post.

Mr. Ungar received his Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College in 1966 and his Master's degree in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1967.

He is married to Beth L. P. Ungar and lives in Washington, D.C.

His office is located in Room 3300 of the Cohen Building, and he can be contacted at 619-3375.

Director, Office of Public Liaison
Marthena S. Cowart 

Marthena Speer Cowart was appointed by the White House to head the Office of Public Liaison.

As the Agency's chief spokesperson, Ms. Cowart advises the Director on media and public affairs issues as well as providing guidance on policy matters.

Ms. Cowart, a long-time Democratic party activist who came to Washington, D.C. in 1976 to work in the Carter Administration, brings more than 25 years of media relations experience to the position.

Ms. Cowart has held positions as director of communications for the Superfund Improvement Project at the American Insurance Association; as project director and spokesperson for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Journalism and Environment Program for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and as director for media logistics for the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1992. She also was a partner in the Washington public relations firm of Arrive Unlimited, director of special events at the Wilderness Society and press spokesperson for Veterans Administration Administrator Max Cleland during the Carter Administration.

Ms. Cowart served as a senior advisor in 1988 to the Gore for President campaign and as director of surrogate scheduling for presidential candidate Walter Mondale during the 1984 presidential campaign.

Ms. Cowart attended Georgia State University and the Atlanta School of Art. She is married to Joseph Cowart, and has two grown sons.

Her office is located in Room 602, USIA headquarters building. She may be reached on (202) 619-4355.

Director, Office of Civil Rights
Hattie P. Baldwin

Ms. Hattie P. Baldwin assumed the position of Director, Office of Civil Rights, on September 7, 1993.

Immediately prior to her coming to USIA, Ms. Baldwin spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she served as Director of Special Investigations, Deputy Executive Officer for the Office of Civil Rights, and as Human Resource Director in the Office of Energy Information Administration. In this latter position, she was responsible for the Department of Energy's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Program.

Ms. Baldwin also spent some 10 years at the Department of Justice, where, as trial attorney in the Civil Division, she litigated civil cases referred to the Department from various Federal agencies in jurisdictions across the United States. In her position as Hearings and Appeals Examiner, Ms. Baldwin conducted hearings on adverse actions initiated by various Federal agencies.

Ms. Baldwin, who earned her J.D. from Texas Southern University Law School and her B.A. from Howard University, is a member of both the Texas and District of Columbia Bar Associations. She is the recipient of numerous awards for equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The Office of Civil Rights is located in the USIA Building, 301 4th Street, S.W. Room 858, Washington, D.C. 20547.

Director, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Ronna Freiberg

Ms. Freiberg a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a political veteran with broad experience in government relations and public affairs, began her career on Capitol Hill in 1973 as Chief of Staff to former Congressman Peter Rodino. She then served at the White House as Special Assistant for Congressional Liaison in the Carter Administration. She has worked on Democratic Presidential campaigns in a variety of capacities since 1976.

Ms. Freiberg's private sector experience includes positions as Director of Government Affairs at the Kenetech Corporation, a San Francisco-based energy company; Director of Legislative Affairs for the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts; and Senior Vice President of the public relations firm, Hill and Knowlton. In these roles she managed policy development, legislative advocacy, and political outreach for corporations, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Freiberg attended the University of Michigan where she earned her Bachelor's Degree. She also earned a Masters Degree at Ohio State University and conducted her doctoral studies in Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

Associate Director for Managment
Henry Howard, Jr.

Henry Howard, Jr. assumed the position of Associate Director for Managment on May 10, 1994. Mr. Howard previously served for 17 years at the local governemnt level, including 16 years with the City of Alexandria, Virginia. From 1986 to 1996, he served as Deputy City Manager of Alexandria with responsibility for supervision of all day-to-day operations.

Between 1982 and 1986, while serving as Director of Management and Budget/Chief Financial Officer, her prepared the city's successful presentation for award of its first ever Triple-A award bond rating. Alexandria became one of only nine cities in the nation to have this highest possible rating. In addition, under his leadership, the city installed an automated budget preparation system; received its first five-year fiscal forecast and report on Evaluating Financial Condition; received its first Government Finance Officers Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation; and developed City Debt Financial Policies.

Mr. Howard is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and Master's degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.

Director, Office of Research and Media Reaction
Ann Pincus

Ann Pincus was sworn in as Director, Office of Research and Media Reaction on August 20, 1993.

Ms. Pincus has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs, marketing, and media and government relations. She recently served as Vice President of Communication at WETA, the public television and radio station for the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Her knowledge of broadcasting was also put to use when she previously worked for National Public Radio.

She has worked for both the House of Representatives, as Director of Information, and the U.S. Senate, where she served as Press Secretary for Senator Charles Mathias.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Ms. Pincus is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She came to Washington, D.C. in 1963 when took a position as a journalist covering Congress and reporting on politics.

Director, Office of African Affairs
Marilyn E. Hulbert

Marilyn E. Hulbert is the Director of the Office of African Affairs at the United States Information Agency. She came to the position from her recent assignment as Counselor for Public Affairs in Nairobi, Kenya, replacing Thomas N. Hull who was assigned as Public Affairs Officer in South Africa.

Ms. Hulbert, who joined USIA in 1967, has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Antananarivo, Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Lagos, and Public Affairs Officer in Antananarivo and Bamako. She also served as Cultural Affairs Officer in Lagos, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Antananarivo, Exchanges Officer in New Delhi, and Director of Courses at the Binational Center in Jakarta. During previous Washington assignments, Ms. Hulbert served as Branch Chief of the Africa Wireless File, Desk Officer for Anglophone West Africa and in the English Teaching Division.

Ms. Hulbert has a B.A. from the American University of Beirut, an M.A. in French Literature from Howard University, and has done graduate studies in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language at Georgetown University.

Ms. Hulbert is located in room 716 and can be reached at (202) 619-4894.

Director, Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
William H. Maurer, Jr. 

Mr. William H. Maurer, Jr. assumed duties as Director of the Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs on October 15, 1997. Mr. Maurer is located in Room 766 of the Headquarters Building and can be reached by telephone at (202) 619-4829.

Mr. Maurer was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania and entered the Foreign Service in 1968. Since that time he has served overseas in a variety of assignments in Korea, Japan and Sri Lanka, as well as stints in Washington at the Voice of America and the Office of Foreign Service Personnel. Mr. Maurer returned to Washington in August after having served four years as Public Affairs Officer in Seoul.

Acting Director, Office Western Hemisphere Affairs
Joe Johnson

Linda Jewell has completed her assignment as Director of the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA). Mr. Joe Johnson, current Acting Director, is located in room 750 of the USIA headquarters building and can be reached by phone at 619-4860.

Director, Office of Newly Independent States Affairs
Robert E. McCarthy

Robert E. McCarthy assumed the position of Director on June 17, 1996.

Mr. McCarthy joined the State Department in 1973 and transferred to USIA in 1979. His most recent overseas post was Moscow, where he was the PAO from 1992-1995. Mr. McCarthy's other overseas assignments include PAO Budapest (1988-92), BPAO Leningrad (1983-84), ACAO Moscow (1981-83), and BPAO Titograd/Podgorica (1979-81).

In Washington, Mr. McCarthy was Deputy Policy Officer in EU (1984) and Executive Assistant to the Counselor (1985-86).

Mr. McCarthy holds an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Indiana University and an "A.B.D." in International Relations from American University.

Director, Office of North African, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs
Daniel Sreebny

Daniel Sreebny assumed the position of NEA Director on July 1, 1999.

Daniel Sreebny was Deputy Director of USIA's Office of North African, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs from 1998 to 1999.

Dan joined USIA in 1980 and has since served in Manama, Bahrain (1981-82); Muscat, Oman (1982 -1984); Hong Kong (1986 - 1990), and Tel Aviv (1995 -1998). Mr. Sreebny also previously worked in Washington as Chief of Foreign Service Training at USIA (1990-1991), Chief of the Chinese Branch at Voice of America (VOA (1991-1993), and chief of VOA's North African, Near East, and South Asia Division (1993 - 1995).

Dan Sreebny, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, received his B.A. degree in Near East Studies from Brandeis University and his M.A. degree in Middle East Studies and International Communications from Columbia University.

Dan currently lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

Daniel Sreebny is located in room 866 and can be reached on (202) 619-5019.

Director, Office of European Affairs
Brian E. Carlson

Brian E. Carlson was named Director effective July 6, 1998, succeeding C. Miller Crouch. Mr. Carlson holds the personal rank of Minister-Counselor and has served more than twenty-eight years in the U.S. Foreign Service.

In addition to his WEU duties, Mr. Carlson was tasked by former USIA Director Joseph D. Duffey with developing a pilot project to bring about closer cooperation between USIA's European operation and the Department of State's Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, successfully relocating USIA's West European office to the State Department in the summer of 1998.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Carlson was the Public Affairs Officer in Spain from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Carlson directed USIA's fast growing public diplomacy programs in Eastern Europe, Russia and the new states that were formerly part of the Soviet Union during his assignment as Deputy Director of European Affairs from 1991 until 1993. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1970, he has served foreign tours of duty in Caracas, Belgrade, Sofia, Oslo, and London. During an earlier Washington assignment, he was Director of the Press Office (PA/PRS) for the Department of State (1983-85) and before that executive assistant to USIA's Counselor and Deputy Director (1981-83). He speaks Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian and Norwegian.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Brian Carlson obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969.

Mr. Carlson can be reached at his office in room 751 at Agency headquarters. Telephone 619-6565. He will also have an office at the State Department, room 3243, telephone 647-3525.


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