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Le Moyne Alum Kris Balderston Sworn in as U.S. Special Representative for Global Partnerships

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Kris M. Balderston, a 1977 graduate of Le Moyne College, was sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Special Representative for Global Partnerships on February 17, 2011. The position falls within the Global Partnership Initiative in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Prior to his role at the U.S. Department of State, Kris was Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first Legislative Director in January 2001 before serving as her Deputy Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2009 in New York. While in the capacity of Deputy Chief of Staff, Balderston accomplished numerous successful private-public partnerships under the direction of then Senator Clinton with the multiple stakeholders in the state of New York. His work at the Global Partnership Initiative will be a further continuation of public private partnership creation, now at a global level and in support of the Secretary’s strategic initiatives.
Balderston began his career with the National Governors' Association and later ran the Massachusetts State Office for Governor Michael Dukakis from 1987-1991. He became Senior Policy Advisor to Majority Leader George Mitchell at the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Balderston served in the White House from 1995 to 2001, as Special Assistant for Cabinet Affairs to President William Clinton and then later as the Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet. It was while in these White House positions that Balderston honed his significant ability to get things done while interacting with processes.

Balderston holds a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University.

Visit the State Department's Web site to read Clinton’s comments at Balderston’s swearing-in ceremony.

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posted on: 2/21/2011