Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: Who Is Steve Goldstein?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Steve Goldstein

Irvin Steven “Steve” Goldstein, who last worked in the federal government during the George H.W. Bush administration, was nominated September 15, 2017, to be under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs in the State Department.


The son of Bernard and Sandra Goldstein, Steve Goldstein was born September 24, 1952, and grew up in Nashville. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Arizona, earning a B.A. in education with a major in social studies.


Goldstein worked early in his career on Capitol Hill, serving from 1980 to 1989 as either press secretary or chief of staff for several different representatives at different times. He then moved to the Executive Branch, serving as director of public affairs for Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan.


After the Bush administration was turned out of office in 1993, Goldstein was named vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute, the publicity arm of the insurance industry. He moved into media in 2001 as vice president/chief communications officer for Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal. Goldstein presided over the company’s response to two tragedies: the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, right across the street from Journal offices; and the kidnapping and subsequent brutal execution of Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. Goldstein made many of the decisions on what information to release about Pearl in the weeks after he was abducted. Goldstein left Dow Jones later that year.


In 2003, Goldstein was named executive vice president/chief communications officer for TIAA-CREF, a retirement financial services company focusing on the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental communities. He left in 2010 for a similar role as senior vice president/chief communications officer for AllianceBernstein, an asset management firm.

Goldstein in 2012 moved to BP Global Solutions, a consulting firm, as senior vice president. He was working there at the time of his nomination.


Goldstein is married to Bill Popeleski, the CEO of BP Global Solutions.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Statement for Senate Foreign Relations Committee

13 Years After We Tried to Save Danny Pearl’s Life, Threats to Journalists Keep Getting Worse (by Steve Goldstein, Quartz)

Official Biography


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