Donald K. Steinberg
Special Haiti Coordinator
On November 15, 1999, Donald Steinberg was named as the Department of State's Special Haiti Coordinator. In this role, Ambassador Steinberg is coordinating U.S. policy and advancing U.S. interests in Haiti by promoting strengthened democratic institutions, sustainable economic growth, improved respect for human rights, and reduced illegal migration and narcotics trafficking. Ambassador Steinberg is serving simultaneously as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Global Humanitarian Demining, a position he has held since December 1998. In this role, Ambassador Steinberg is advancing President Clinton's "Demining 2010 Initiative," designed to mobilize resources to eliminate the threat of landmines to civilians around the world by the end of the next decade.
From 1995 to 1998, Ambassador Steinberg served as U.S. Ambassador to Angola. In this capacity, he received the Robert C. Frasure Award for International Peace. Before that, he served as President Clinton's Special Assistant for African Affairs and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Ambassador Steinberg began his White House service in 1993 as Deputy Press Secretary for National Security Affairs, Special Assistant to the President, and NSC Senior Director for Public Affairs.
A career senior Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Steinberg holds the rank of Minister-Counselor. From 1990-93, he was Officer-in-Charge and Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. In 1989-90, he served as Senior Policy Advisor for Foreign Affairs and Defense to then-Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Richard A. Gephardt. He also served as the first director of the House Task Force on Trade and Competitiveness in 1989. He was acting Chief Textile Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 1988-89.
Ambassador Steinberg, 46, has wide international experience, with other diplomatic postings in Brazil, Malaysia, Mauritius and the Central African Republic. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he received his Bachelor's degree in economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and Master's degrees in political economy from the University of Toronto and journalism from Columbia University in New York City. He is fluent in Portuguese, French and Malay.
In 1994, Ambassador Steinberg received the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award. He has also received Columbia University's Pulitzer Fellowship and Hough Award for Excellence in Print, and three State Department Superior Honor Awards. In 1993, he was honored by the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights. Ambassador Steinberg has also received fellowships from the American Political Science Association, University of Toronto, the Uma Chapman Cox Foundation, and the State Department. He has lectured and written extensively on U.S. trade policy, Africa, landmines, and the role of Congress in foreign affairs.
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