Roads not taken

Diplomat Lee Satterfield missed her first stop but ended up just where she wanted

1989 journalism graduate Lee Satterfield got her first White House job scheduling travel for Vice President Al Gore. A year later, she landed another White House job — this time as a presidential scheduler for President Bill Clinton.

Three decades later, she is still in the political arena, though with much bigger responsibilities. At the end of 2021, Satterfield was confirmed by the U.S Senate as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Established in 1961, the ECA strengthens ties between the U.S. and other countries through cultural exchange.

“The idea is that we’re building a network and a community of people who will become leaders in their own country one day,” Satterfield says. “And if not in government, in other ways – in civil society, in entrepreneurship, in business.”

Read the full story, written by Rebekah Friedman, on the university website.

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