Communications Director & Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Diana DeGette, U.S. House of Representatives; Former Director of Communications and External Affairs, Broadcasting Board of Governors
MPP, Class of 2001
Lynne Weil has spent her years since Woody Woo in public service, first in the legislative branch and then in the executive branch of the U.S. government. She has been a senior staff member in both houses of Congress and three federal agencies, and has traveled the world to advance international understanding.
Lynne currently is Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Diana DeGette, U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to this position, she was a member of the senior management team at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees civilian U.S. international broadcasting to more than 100 countries. She was the BBG’s primary strategist on communications and outreach activities, and the Board’s chief advisor for congressional and external affairs.
Lynne joined the BBG in 2012 after spending the previous two years working for the U.S. State Department, first as the press director and spokeswoman for the U.S. Agency for International Development and then as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Prior to that, she worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a legislative fellow for Senator Ted Kennedy, the press secretary for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the communications director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Before and during graduate school, Lynne was a journalist; she started on the police beat with United Press International in Los Angeles, was a reporter for the California Public Radio Network, and moved to Germany to be a reporter/editor for Radio Deutche Welle after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
During nearly nine years in Europe, Lynne filed stories from 17 countries for National Public Radio, the BBC, Deutsche Welle TV, Radio Netherlands and the Voice of America, among other media. While studying for her Master's degree in Public Policy, she also wrote stories for The New York Times.