In April 2001, Ms. Soderberg joined the New York office of the International Crisis Group (ICG) as Vice President. With nearly twenty years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Ms. Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. She had developed extensive knowledge of political and economic trends among our allies as well as in the newly emerging democracies. She has worked closely with international leaders to promote trade and investment in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. She has promoted democracy and conflict resolution worldwide.
Ms. Soderberg achieved international recognition for her efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland; participated in a United Nations’ mission to Indonesia and East Timor; negotiated key United Nations’ resolutions regarding the Middle East and Africa; conducted shuttle diplomacy in Latin America; assisted in the development of the Administration’s policies toward political and economic normalization with Vietnam; and advised on policies toward China, Japan, Russia, Angola, the Balkans, Haiti, as well as on a variety of conflicts in Africa.
From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Soderberg served as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. Her responsibilities included representing the United States at the Security Council on a wide range of current national security issues, including conflict resolution, promotion of democracy abroad, trade policy, and arms control. She represented the United States in negotiations at the Security Council, participated in missions to key conflict areas and promoted U.S. national security policy at the United Nations and with the leadership of other nations. As a key participant in the development of U.S. foreign policy, she worked closely with the U.S. Congress and the key agencies of the United States Government, including the White House, the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, USTR and the CIA.
From 1993-97, Ms. Soderberg served as the third ranking official of the National Security Council at the White House, including as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. She was responsible for day-to-day crisis management, briefing the President and developing U.S. national security at the highest levels of government, with the press and with Congress.
Prior to serving at the White House, Ms. Soderberg served as Deputy Director of the Presidential Transition for National Security and as the Foreign Policy Director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 Campaign. Before joining the Clinton campaign, Ms. Soderberg worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national Democratic politics since the early 1980’s, serving in a variety of capacities in national presidential campaigns since 1984.
Ms. Soderberg also has private sector experience and a strong background in economics. From 1982-84, she worked as a Budget Analyst at the Bank of New England in Boston, where she prepared the bank’s budget and made regular reports to the Board of Directors regarding loan portfolios. In 1984, she received a Masters of Science Degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating on international economics and political risk analysis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in French and economics.
Ms. Soderberg speaks excellent French and intermediate Spanish. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published a number of articles on national security issues in leading newspapers and speaks regularly on national security policy. With nearly twenty years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Ms. Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. She had developed extensive knowledge of political and economic trends among our allies as well as in the newly emerging democracies. She has worked closely with international leaders to promote trade and investment in Europe, Latin American, Africa and Asia. She has promoted democracy and conflict resolution worldwide, including in Europe, Latin America, Central America and Africa. In addition, she has advised and accompanied the President on trips throughout Europe, Russia and the Middle East and at his annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summits.