Lynne Weil is Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO). Before this role, Ms. Weil spent four years in the U.S. government's Executive Branch: two years with the U.S. State Department – first as Press Director and Spokeswoman for the U.S. Agency for International Development, then as a Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs – and two years as Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Previously, Ms. Weil worked for the U.S. Congress for nine years: as a legislative fellow for Senator Ted Kennedy, as Press Secretary for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during and after 9/11, and as Communications Director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is an adjunct professor in public diplomacy and communications at the George Washington University's Elliott School for International Affairs and at American University's School of International Service.
Prior to entering public service, Ms. Weil was a journalist for domestic and international media, including National Public Radio, The New York Times and the BBC. She spent nearly nine years as a foreign correspondent, living in Germany and Italy and traveling throughout Europe, then returned to the United States to earn a Master’s in Public Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).