Michelle S. Giuda is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center, and the CEO of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University, harnessing Purdue’s leadership in innovative research, commercialization, STEM education, corporate partnerships, as well as national security to advance the mission of safeguarding freedom from techno-authoritarianism.

From February 2018 to March 2020, Giuda served as the US assistant secretary of state for global public affairs. In February 2019, then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also delegated to Giuda the authorities of the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. In this capacity, she also served as a board member of the US Agency for Global Media. In May 2019, Giuda led and executed the largest restructuring at the State Department in twenty years to modernize the department’s global public affairs and public diplomacy operations.

Previously, Giuda was senior vice president of global corporate communications at Weber Shandwick and deputy press secretary for 2012 presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Giuda is a member of Business Executives for National Security and a senior advisor to Concordia. She was honored in 2016 with the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center.

Giuda received her master’s degree in political management from George Washington University and earned a BA in political science from the University of California Los Angeles where she was an NCAA champion and team captain of the women’s gymnastics team.