Does It Work? Policy, Exchanges, and Evaluation in Public Diplomacy

Wednesday March 26, 2014
3:20 PM – 4:20 PM


Tania Chomiak-Salvi

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


Mugar 200

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Wednesday, March 26, 3:20-4:20, Mugar 200

Tania Chomiak-Salvi, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer specializing in Public Diplomacy, is the Director of the Office of Policy and Evaluation in the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Her job involves ensuring that exchange programs advance U.S. foreign policy priorities and are rigorously studied for effectiveness. Tania joined the Foreign Service in 1993. She has served in a variety of postings in Europe and the United States. She began her career as Press Attaché in the then recently established U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, serving there from 1993 to 1996. She progressed through Eastern and Western Europe to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. She served as Press Officer and Humanitarian Affairs Advisor in the U.S. Mission to the UN (1997-1999), as the Assistant Press Attaché and Assistant Cultural Attaché in London (1999-2000), and as the Cultural Attaché in Warsaw (2000-2002).

From 2009 to 2012, she was Counselor for Public Diplomacy in the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium. In Washington, she has worked in the Bureau of European Affairs on NATO issues, with a focus on Western Europe, as well as in the Bureau of International Information Programs, on European programs and new media. Before joining the Foreign Service, she worked on U.S.-Soviet exchange programs, including those in Ukraine and Russia.

Tania received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in 1993 and her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1989. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, French, Italian, and some German and Dutch.

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