Ambassador Don Steinberg
on Peacebuilding through Diplomacy
In This Video
View Don’s full oral history and transcript at the Georgetown University Library.
Ambassador Donald Steinberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, California to a family that prioritized social responsibility, thereby developing an awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender, diversity, and inclusion at a young age. He was educated as an economist at UCLA and Reed College and earned a master’s degree in development economics from the University of Toronto. Steinberg details various aspects of his long career working to empower marginalized people around the world, beginning as a US foreign service officer working on economic development issues to his appointments as Ambassador to Angola and Deputy Administrator of USAID and, later, his non-governmental work with organizations such as World Learning, International Crisis Group, United States Institute of Peace, InterAction, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.