Biography

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Romesh Ratnesar
Chief of Staff to Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Term of Appointment: 01/07/2016 to present

Romesh Ratnesar is chief of staff to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel. Prior to joining the State Department, he was the Deputy Editor and International Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President and the Speech that Ended the Cold War (Simon & Schuster, 2009).

Ratnesar spent more than a decade as an editor, correspondent and foreign-policy columnist for Time. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Republic and The Washington Monthly. Ratnesar has been awarded fellowships by the Hoover Institution, the New America Foundation, the Aspen Institute and the French-American Foundation. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ratnesar received his M.A. and B.A. in history, with distinction, from Stanford University.