NEW YORK — Michelle Kwan is joining Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and will work on outreach programs.
The nine-time U.S. figure skating champion, five-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist has worked for the State Department as a U.S. public diplomacy envoy. Her paid role with the Clinton campaign will include discussing issues that matter to working families.
Kwan says she is "really excited to join the team." While at the State Department, Kwan served as an adviser to Women-Lead, a program focused on opportunities for women and girls in both countries. She worked closely with the secretary of state's Office of Global Women's Issues and is a member of the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, which also was launched by Clinton.
Kwan's husband, Clay Pell, was unsuccessful last year in his bid to become governor of Rhode Island.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."