About Us

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) is a center of excellence for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Founded in 2008 by Secretary Condoleezza Rice on the recommendation by the Advisory Committee for Transformational Diplomacy, S/GP capitalizes on the significant opportunities offered by partners beyond the Department to advance foreign policy goals and expand the scope and effectiveness of the Department’s initiatives. Non-traditional partners including businesses, philanthropy, and community organizations that have become a core feature of 21st century statecraft as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. S/GP engages the private sector to advance the Secretary of State’s top policy priorities as well as works to institutionalize private sector collaboration throughout the rest of the Department. Leveraging nearly $150 in private sector commitments for every $1 allocated, S/GP provides American taxpayers an incredible return on their investment. But S/GP’s work is much more than just leveraging outside funding. S/GP uses partnerships in innovative ways to add integral value to the Department of State’s mission, by strengthening U.S. diplomacy and development around the world, tapping new networks and technologies, and leveraging specialized expertise. Public-private partnerships have become a critical tool which enables the USG to leverage the innovation, resources, and solutions-driven approach of the private sector.

S/GP’s mission is to build public-private partnerships that strengthen diplomacy and development outcomes by serving as:

  • Convener, bringing together people from across regions and sectors to work together on issues of common interest.
  • Catalyst, launching new projects, actively seeking new solutions, and providing vital training and technical assistance to facilitate additional projects.
  • Collaborator, working closely with our partners to plan and implement projects while avoiding duplication, learning from each other, and maximizing our impact by looking for best practices.
  • Cultivator, nurturing innovative new partnerships by providing the space, access to networks and capital, and mentoring assistance to turn a good idea into reality.

The Acting Special Representative for Global Partnerships is Thomas Debass.