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Antony J. BlinkenAntony J. Blinken is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.Blinken is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a global affairs analyst for CNN. He has held senior foreign policy positions in two administrations over three decades – including Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, the nation’s number two diplomat. Blinken helped to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis, while building bridges to the innovation community.Before that, Blinken served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. He chaired the Deputies Committee, the administration’s principal forum for formulating foreign policy. During the first Obama term, he was National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden. Blinken served as Democratic Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2002-2008) and was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council staff.Blinken has been a reporter for The New Republic magazine and has written widely about foreign policy. He is the author of Ally Versus Ally: America, Europe and the Siberian Pipeline Crisis. Blinken received his high school degree in Paris, and he is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.
Steve RicchettiSteve Ricchetti is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He joined Vice President Biden’s staff in 2011 as a senior counselor and served as Chief of Staff to the Vice President and Assistant to the President from December 2013 thru the end of the Obama-Biden Administration.
Before joining the Office of the Vice President, Ricchetti founded and led for more than a decade a successful independent government relations and political consulting firm serving dozens of corporate and trade association clients, including AT&T, the American Hospital Association, and General Motors.During the 1990s, Ricchetti served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Clinton. His portfolios included legislative affairs, political affairs, national security, and economic policy. While in this position, Ricchetti led with the Secretary of Commerce the successful effort to secure congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China. He also led negotiations to pass legislation addressing arrears to the United Nations and increasing congressional funding for embassy security.Earlier in the administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he was President Clinton’s chief liaison to the Senate and oversaw the Administration’s efforts to pass major pieces of legislation in the Senate, including the 1993 Economic Recovery Act, the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and many other initiatives.From 1990-1992, Ricchetti was the Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Prior to that, he was an executive at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Ricchetti attended Miami University in Ohio and the George Mason University School of Law.
Dr. Michael CarpenterDr. Michael Carpenter is Senior Director of the Penn Biden Center. Carpenter is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense with responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, the Balkans, and Conventional Arms Control.Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Carpenter served in the White House as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Biden and as Director for Russia at the National Security Council. Previously, he was a career Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, where he worked in a number of different positions, including Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Speechwriter to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and Advisor on the South Caucasus. Carpenter also served abroad at the U.S. Embassies in Poland, Slovenia, and Barbados. During his career at the State Department, Carpenter received four Superior Honor Awards and three Meritorious Honor Awards.Carpenter holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Polish Academy of Sciences and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, MacArthur Foundation, and IREX Foundation for his academic research.
Ariana BerengautAriana Berengaut is the Penn Biden Center’s Director of Programs, Partnerships, and Strategic Planning. Berengaut served in President Obama's administration from 2011-2017. Most recently, she was Speechwriter and Counselor to Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken at the U.S. Department of State, where she advised on the planning of critical public policy initiatives including the U.S. response to the global refugee crisis.
She designed and led the State Department's Innovation Forum to engage the technology sector on foreign policy challenges and established and managed the position of the State Department's first-ever representative in Silicon Valley.Prior to joining State in 2015, Berengaut served as Chief Speechwriter to Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she oversaw messaging and communications strategy for high-profile initiatives on Ebola, child survival, hunger, food aid, and energy. From 2008 to 2011, Berengaut was a researcher at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.Berengaut received a M.Sc. in African Studies from Oxford University with fieldwork in southeastern Uganda and a B.A. from Brandeis University.
Rose Garrity is the Penn Biden Center’s Business Manager. Rose comes to the Penn Biden Center as a member of the University of Penn family, most recently serving as the Finance Administrative Coordinator with the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI). She was a key member of the PCI team during the Center’s transformation into a driving force for technological innovation and entrepreneurship. She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the inner business practices of the University and is known for her creativity in building successful business partnerships and systems. She first joined the University of Pennsylvania family in 2008 as Administrative Coordinator for the Division of Gastroenterology within the University’s School of Medicine.
Prior to joining Penn, Garrity served as the Executive Manager of Collingswood Partners Inc., a public-private partnership responsible for the oversight, growth and management of three business improvement districts located in Collingswood, New Jersey. In this position, she was responsible for the redevelopment and continued growth of private businesses to support the local community. Her creative marketing helped attract business leaders and spur development within the community, and she created more than 60 special events, working in close partnership with elected and appointed officials.
Garrity is a Certified Business District Manager with the National Center for Public Productivity, New Jersey Managed Districts Association and Rutgers University – Newark, New Jersey. Originally from Collingswood, New Jersey, she recently relocated to Arlington, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Tom and two children, TJ and Lara.
Carlyn ReichelCarlyn Reichel is the Penn Biden Center’s Director of Communications. Reichel was Vice President Biden’s foreign policy speechwriter from September 2015 through the end of the administration, helping the Vice President craft major addresses on everything from regional policy priorities to the importance of defending the liberal international order.Reichel previously served as speechwriter on the National Security Council, writing principally for National Security Advisor Susan Rice and contributing foreign policy remarks for President Obama. Prior to that, Reichel worked in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State as a speechwriter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.In each of these roles, Reichel worked closely with senior leaders in the Obama Administration; coordinated messages across the U.S. government foreign policy apparatus; and helped advance major initiatives including the Paris Climate Agreement, Iran Nuclear Deal, Asia Rebalance, and America’s commitment to elevating the status of women around the world.Reichel joined the U.S. Department of State in 2009 as a Presidential Management Fellow where she worked on public diplomacy initiatives. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her B.A. with Distinction from Stanford University.
Bill RussoBill Russo is the Penn Biden Center’s Director of Public Engagement. Russo served as Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken from 2015 to 2017. In this role, he directed outreach for the State Department’s number two official, coordinating the office’s strategic message development, digital media, and congressional affairs, and advising on public diplomacy policy issues.From May 2014 to January 2015, Russo was Advisor to Mr. Blinken in his role as Deputy National Security Advisor at the National Security Council, where he oversaw strategic planning and coordination for the Deputies Committee foreign policy process. Russo joined the government working in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden in August 2011, serving in multiple roles including Senior Advisor to then-National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.Russo received an M.A. in Environment, Development, and Policy from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware with an Honors B.A. in Political Science, History, and English. He is originally from Exton, PA.
Dr. Colin KahlDr. Colin Kahl is a strategic consultant to the Penn Biden Center and an associate professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.From October 2014 to January 2017, Kahl was a Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. From February 2009 to December 2011, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, with policy responsibility for Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen and eight other countries in the Levant and Arabian Gulf. In 2011, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by then-Secretary Robert Gates.Kahl received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Rebecca and his two children, Nora and Rylan.
Jeffrey PrescottJeffrey Prescott is a strategic consultant to the Penn Biden Center. Prescott served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf States on the National Security Council. He joined the Obama Administration in 2010 as a White House Fellow, serving as Vice President Biden's Deputy National Security Advisor and senior Asia advisor.Prior to the White House, Prescott was a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and Deputy Director of Yale’s China Center. He founded and directed the Yale Center’s Beijing office in 2002 and was a Visiting Scholar at Peking University Law School.
As a Luce Scholar in 2001, he was a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai.Previously, Prescott was a Bernstein Fellow and staff attorney at the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights (now Human Rights First), where he helped establish a rights defenders program to protect lawyers and activists at risk around the world. He also served as law clerk to the Hon. Walter K. Stapleton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.Prescott is a graduate of Boston University and Yale Law School.