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Ambassador Donald Steinberg ’74 to

Reed College's 92nd commencement ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 15, under the tent on Reed's south lawn. This year approximately 285 graduates will receive bachelor's degrees, and 6 will receive master of arts in liberal studies degrees.

The commencement speaker will be Donald Steinberg, a 1974 Reed graduate who is the Department of State's special Haiti coordinator and U.S. special representative of the President and the Secretary of State for global humanitarian demining. (See biographical notes below.)

If you’d like to send reporters or camera crews, or if you’d like to interview Steinberg, please call Nadine Fiedler at 503/777-7590 or send email to

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In his role as special Haiti coordinator, Ambassador Donald Steinberg coordinates U.S. policy and the advancement of 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. As the U.S. special representative for demining he spearheads 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.

Steinberg served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Angola from 1995 to 1998. Before that, he served as special assistant to President Clinton for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). Steinberg began his service at the White House in May 1993, when he was named the White House deputy press secretary for national security affairs, special assistant to the President, and NSC senior director for public affairs. Steinberg has also served a variety of foreign service positions in Africa and around the world. An award-winning career diplomat, Steinberg is the recipient of the Robert C. Frasure award for promoting international peace, the presidential meritorious honor award, three state department superior honor awards, and Columbia University's Pulitzer fellowship.

Steinberg received his bachelor's degree in economics from Reed and master's degrees in political economy from the University of Toronto and journalism from Columbia University.

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