Career Minister Gottlieb joins Distinguished Speaker Series

Retired Career Minister Gregory Gottlieb, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently visited Fort Leavenworth as part of the Simons Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Gottlieb is the Director of the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University, and also holds the endowed position as the Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor in Nutrition and Human Security in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. While with USAID, Gottlieb served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.

During his time on Fort Leavenworth, Gottlieb met with the Board of Trustees of the International Relations Council of Kansas City, where they spoke about development and aid issues around the world, U.S. aid policy, USAID, and Gottlieb’s past experiences in the field.

From 11-13 April, Gottlieb visited with leadership and faculty at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where they discussed USAID’s continued commitment to sending faculty and students to the College and how CGSC Foundation-sponsored events (like the Distinguished Speakers Series) positively impact and foster interagency education and cooperation.

Gottlieb also joined faculty and students in several elective courses on the topics of U.S. Central Command South, statecraft and diplomacy, development and fragile states, and the interagency and national security. There, Gottlieb shared his expertise and experience on development issues and participated in class discussions.

The CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation “Distinguished Speaker Series” is an extracurricular, educational lecture series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. Topics covered in the lectures span the gamut of leadership and ethics, organizational effectiveness, collaboration, as well as current events and issues in business, government and the military. The presentations are scheduled as the availability of selected speakers permits. The CGSC Foundation and the Simons Center have received support for all distinguished speakers in academic year 2018 from Park University along with previous contributions from the Perot Foundation.

Biography – Career Minister Gregory Gottlieb, USAID (Ret.)


Career Minister Gregory Gottlieb, USAID (Ret.)

Gregory Gottlieb assumed the role of Director of the Feinstein International Center on August 15, 2017. Throughout his distinguished career, Gottlieb has worked to improve food security, humanitarian, and transition programs.

Most recently Gottlieb served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/DCHA). Prior to that, he served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for DCHA. Since he began with USAID in 1988, he has held a variety of other positions, including Mission Director in Pakistan and Namibia, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Food Security (helping to plan and implement the Obama Administration’s Feed the Future Program), as well as posts in Malawi, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Additionally, Gottlieb taught at the National War College, was a legal protection officer for UNHCR, and was Chief of Party for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.

Gottlieb earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2017, Gottlieb received USAID’s highest award, the Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service Award, to recognize his long and distinguished service.

Career Minister Gregory Gottlieb, USAID (Ret.) (right) visits with students at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College on April 13.

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