Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe

Eileen Donahoe serves as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Digital Freedom in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy (CDP). 

Previously, Dr. Donahoe served as the Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, a multistakeholder collaboration hub focused on implications of digital technology for democracy and human rights. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during the Obama Administration. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch where she represented the organization worldwide on human rights foreign policy, with a special focus on internet governance and digital security. 

Dr. Donahoe is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. She also served on Microsoft’s Human Rights and Technology Advisory Board; the Independent Advisory Council of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism; the Board of Advisors for the Carnegie Council Artificial Intelligence and Equality Initiative; and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. Previously, she was a technology litigator at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley. She holds an A.B. from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU in the Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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    Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy
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    Special envoy and Coordinator for Digital Freedom

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