Michael D. Lumpkin

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Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center
Term of Appointment: 01/08/2016 to present

Michael D. Lumpkin is currently the Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center at the Department of State. Mr. Lumpkin was appointed to this position by President Barack Obama on January 8, 2016.

In this role, Mr. Lumpkin leads efforts to coordinate, integrate, and synchronize Government-wide communications activities directed at foreign audiences abroad for the purpose of countering violent extremism and terrorism.

Mr. Lumpkin has served at the Department of Defense as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC). Additionally, he served as a Senior Executive at both the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. His previous positions include Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Lumpkin also has significant experience in the private sector where he served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Industrial Security Alliance Partners and Executive Director of Business Development at ATI.

Mr. Lumpkin has more than 20 years of active duty military service as a US Navy SEAL where he held every leadership position from platoon commander to Team commanding officer. Mr. Lumpkin has participated in numerous campaigns and contingencies throughout the world to include both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Mr. Lumpkin holds a MA from Naval Postgraduate School in National Security Affairs. He is a recognized subspecialist in Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Western Hemisphere Affairs.