Biography

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Robert Berschinski
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Term of Appointment: 06/01/2015 to present

Rob Berschinski currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for DRL’s work in Europe and South and Central Asia.

Mr. Berschinski most recently served under Ambassador Samantha Power as Deputy Director of the U.S. Mission to the United Nation’s (USUN) Washington Office. Prior to joining USUN, he served as Special Assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, providing policy counsel on the Department of Defense’s operations, management, and budget.

From 2010-2013, Mr. Berschinski served as the White House National Security Council’s Director for Security and Human Rights Policy. He began civilian service as a Presidential Management Fellow in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and served as a defense fellow with the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. He began his professional career as an active duty intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, with operational assignments in Korea and Germany and deployments to Rwanda and Iraq, the latter as a member of the Joint Special Operations Command. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University.