Jonathan Shrier arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel in August 2015 as the Counselor for Economic Affairs. Previously, he served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Senior Deputy Coordinating Director, overseeing ten State Department and interagency units delivering more than $8 billion in assistance and technical cooperation to support the U.S. partnership with Afghanistan.
From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Shrier was the Secretary of State’s Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security, coordinating all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition, including in support of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Mr. Shrier led diplomatic efforts to advance the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative, with a particular focus on major donor and strategic partner countries and multilateral institutions such as the G8 and G20. Mr. Shrier came to the State Department’s Office of the Global Food Security from the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.
Mr. Shrier has served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped to design and establish the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas launched by President Obama. While at the National Security Council and National Economic Council from 2006-2008, Mr. Shrier coordinated interagency policy at the intersection of energy and climate change, and also staffed the establishment of the Strategic Economic Dialogue with China. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Shrier handled international trade and investment issues, as well as information and communications technology policy matters, for the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs from 2005-2006. He also served at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, China and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Shrier has earned degrees from the National Defense University (M.S. in National Security Resource Strategy), University of London (M.B.A. in International Management), London School of Economics (MSc in International Relations), and Dartmouth (A.B. in Government). His languages include Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish.