Professor Colleen Graffy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. State Department from 2005 to 2009. In that capacity, she travelled to over 40 countries and worked with U.S. embassies and a team in Washington to communicate U.S. policy, values and culture. She created the first ever “media hub” for the U.S. government with radio and television broadcasting facilities based in Brussels, established the “Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship,” and was the first high level U.S. government official to actively advance “Public Diplomacy 2.0” using Twitter and other social media platforms to further U.S. communications.
She is professor of international law at Pepperdine University School of Law based in London and has taught at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy in Malibu, California on “Public Diplomacy in a Global Context.”
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she has an English law degree and was called as a Barrister of the Middle Temple, where she is now a Bencher, and received her LLM in international law from King’s College, master’s degree from Boston University and bachelor’s from Pepperdine University.
She is Chairman of the Society of English and American Lawyers and former Chairman of Republicans Abroad, UK. She is a member of The Royal Institute for International Affairs – Chatham House, The Pacific Council, Pilgrims, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law, and on the Advisory Board of the British-American Project.
She is a frequent commentator on television and radio on foreign policy, international law, and US politics and culture and has written for The Sunday Times (London), Wall St. Journal, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.