SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC

Donald Steinberg

Donald Steinberg

Donald K. Steinberg became the CEO of World Learning on July 1, 2013. He has brought to World Learning more than 30 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development. Prior to World Learning, he served as deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development where he focused on areas including the Middle East and Africa, organizational reforms, and enhancing dialogue with development partners.

During his previous work with the government, Steinberg served as director of the State Department’s Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African affairs, special Haiti coordinator, US ambassador to Angola, and the president’s special representative for humanitarian demining. He was also deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group and a Randolph Jennings senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace and has advised the Women's Refugee Commission, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the Institute for Inclusive Security.

Steinberg is the author of more than 100 articles on foreign policy, African developments, gender issues, post-conflict reconstruction, children and armed conflict, and disarmament, which have been published in media outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, Monthly Developments, The Nation, The Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Africa Economic Digest, YaleGlobal Online, and AllAfrica.

He holds master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and political economy from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor's degree from Reed College. Steinberg's honors include the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award, the Frasure Award for International Peace, the Hunt Award for Women in Policy Formulation, the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, and six State Department Superior Honor Awards.