William Danvers is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he works on a range of national security issues. Danvers has worked on national security issues for 34 years in the executive branch, Congress, various international organizations, and the private sector.
Prior to joining American Progress, Danvers served as deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, where he was responsible for relations with nonmember nations, including regional programs in the Middle East, East Asia, and elsewhere. He also oversaw OECD involvement with its key partners of Brazil, India, China, Indonesia, and South Africa. Danvers followed the organization’s accession process, which included bringing in Colombia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, and Latvia as new members. He was in charge of the OECD’s overall relations with Ukraine. Additionally, he had oversight over the OECD’s anti-bribery and anti-corruption programs, as well as the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate, which includes all cyber programs.
In the Obama administration, Danvers worked for Leon Panetta at the CIA and at the Pentagon. He also worked for Secretary John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State, where he was deputy staff director. During this time, Danvers either led or was part of a team that oversaw the successful confirmation of Panetta as secretary of defense, Kerry as secretary of state, Gen. David Petraeus as director of the CIA, and Samantha Power as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
In the Clinton administration, Danvers worked for Ambassador Strobe Talbott on post-Soviet relations with Russia at the State Department. He also served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and as senior director for legislative affairs at the National Security Council.
Danvers worked in the House of Representatives for eight years as a foreign policy aide—where, among other things, he handled relations with the North Atlantic Assembly for a chair of one of the assembly’s committees—and as a press secretary. He also served as a legislative aide for former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), covering a range of international issues including U.S. relations with post-Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe. His last job on Capitol Hill before moving to the State Department with then-Sen. Kerry (D-MA) was as staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Danvers also worked in the private sector for 10 years on a range of international issues and was an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He received a B.A. with highest honors from Michigan State University and an M.A. from The George Washington University. Danvers has been married for 31 years and has two adult children.
By William Danvers
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