Michelle Giuda

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Michelle Giuda
Michelle S. Giuda.jpg
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
Assumed office
February 3, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Susan Stevenson
Personal details
Born
Michelle Mai Selesky

(1985-02-18) February 18, 1985 (age 34)
San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
George Washington University (M.P.S.)

Michelle Selesky Giuda (born Michelle Mai Selesky; February 18, 1985)[1] is the current acting United States Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs announced February 12, 2019[2][3][4] and the current United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, having been sworn into office on February 3, 2018.[5] Previously Giuda was a global senior executive overseeing communications in 81 countries, a presidential campaign deputy press secretary and a NCAA gymnastics champion.[6] Giuda has been named one of the "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business."[7] and was previously named one of PR News' 30 Under 30 Rising Stars.[8]

Early life and education

Giuda was born Michelle Mai Selesky in San Juan Capistrano, California and graduated from Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo in 2003.[1] Her mother fled Vietnam days before the Fall of Saigon in April 1975.[9] Her father served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.[9]

Giuda graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In 2008, Giuda earned a Master of Professional Studies in political management from George Washington University.[10]

Gymnastics career

Giuda was a decorated National Champion, two-time co-captain and four year gymnast at UCLA.[1]

She was a member of the 2004 UCLA National Championship team, a four-time NACGC academic All-American and earned All-Pac-10 honors on vault.[1]

Some of Giuda's teammates included Olympians Kristen Maloney, Jamie Dantzscher, Mohini Bhardwaj, Kate Richardson, Tasha Schwikert and Yvonne Tousek.

In 2009 Giuda was featured in a UCLA television advertising campaign highlighting student-athletes.[11]

In 2000 Giuda won the California high school state championship in floor exercise and placed second in the all-around competition. She only competed one year in high-school then exclusively trained and competed at the Club level. She trained at the National Gymnastics Training Center in Aliso Viejo, CA.[1]

Professional career

Immediately prior to her being appointed Assistant Secretary of State, Giuda was the Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Communications for Weber Shandwick, the youngest of their 21-person Global Leadership Team.[12]

She worked for five years as a senior member of former Speaker Newt Gingrich's communication team including time as the National Deputy Press Secretary for his 2012 presidential campaign.

Public Appearances & Events

  • Delivered speech at the 2018 Global Ties Meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 2018.
  • Met with U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison in Brussels to lay out State. Dept. communication strategies and objectives and the U.S.' mission at NATO [13]
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda delivered opening remarks at the "Embassy in Crisis: Diplomats and the Tet Offensive" panel discussion at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
  • Giuda participated at the Fortune Women's Mentoring Program at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2018
  • Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michelle Giuda visited Singapore on June 25 and 26 to speak at and keynote the annual East-West Center (EWC) International Media Conference. [14]
  • On June 26, 2018 Giuda visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and visited Fulbright University Vietnam, met with Vietnam’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) members, gave a public presentation at the American Center, and gave remarks at a Media Literacy event.[14]
  • On June 28, 2018 Assistant Secretary Giuda visited Hanoi, Vietnam where she gave a presentation at the American Center, met with embassy staff, and met with YSEALI volunteers.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Michelle Selesky". UCLA. 2007. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015.
  2. ^ United States Department of State. "U.S. State Department". Twitter. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ United States Department of State. "Giuda, Michelle S." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ United States Department of State. "United States Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Twitter account". Twitter. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Marszalek, Diana (January 25, 2018). "Michelle Giuda Leaves Weber Shandwick For State Department Role". holmesreport.com.
  6. ^ United States Department of State. "Giuda, Michelle S." U.S. Department of State. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Michelle Giuda Named Top 50 in American Business". Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "PR News' 30 Under 30". PR News. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Michelle Giuda: Member Spotlight". Ellevate Network. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bruin Gymnastics Alumna Enjoying Successful Political Career". UCLA Athletics. April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "UCLA advertising campaign feat. Michelle Selesky". UCLA YouTube. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "PR News' 30 Under 30". PR News. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  13. ^ US Ambassador to NATO. "Giuda, Michelle S." Twitter. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c United States Department of State. "State Dept. Giuda Travel Details". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

External links

  • Michelle S. Giuda
  • Michelle Giuda on Twitter
Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Stevenson (Acting)
Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
2018–present
Incumbent
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