The Department of State is pleased to announce Dorothy McAuliffe as the new Special Representative for Global Partnerships. Special Representative McAuliffe brings a strong background in public-private partnerships and cross-sector engagement. She served on numerous nonprofit and public boards and led several hunger relief programs and initiatives in her previous role as First Lady of Virginia.

Special Representative McAuliffe will draw on her experience working in the public and not-for-profit sectors to advance key foreign policy priorities. McAuliffe founded and chaired Virginia’s Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which forged cross-sector collaboration to impact child nutrition and food access initiatives through public-private partnerships. McAuliffe successfully advocated for increased participation and funding for several programs aimed at feeding children in schools, including Breakfast after the Bell programs and initiatives that provided summer and after-school meals. She has served on the boards of FoodCorps, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. Until recently, McAuliffe was national policy adviser for Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry campaign. She has also worked on public and nonprofit boards to increase educational opportunities for military students and to promote national service.

The Special Representative for Global Partnerships engages a wide range of stakeholders, including state, municipal, tribal, civil society, non-profit, diaspora, faith-based, academic and private sector actors in deliberations and policy implementation. Special Representative McAuliffe will lead her team in efforts to identify areas of opportunity for collaboration between the State Department and U.S. stakeholders to advance the administration’s top foreign policy priorities, including countering climate crisis, addressing global migration issues, strengthening global supply chains and fighting corruption.