Matthew Armstrong

GovernorArmstrong_ OfficialPhoto Final2Matthew C. Armstrong is an author, speaker, and strategist on issues related to public diplomacy.

In 2011, he served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  Previously, Armstrong was an adjunct professor of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.  In 2010, he founded and served as President of the MountainRunner Institute and published a blog on public diplomacy and strategic communication.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Diplomacy Council, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the National Press Club.  Armstrong earned a B.A. and an M.P.D. from the University of Southern California.

Armstrong chairs the Special Committee on the Voice of America in the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Committee and the Special Committee on the Creation of a Chief Executive Officer. He also served as the chair of the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting, which on August 1, 2014, issued its report, To Be Where the Audience Is; The Future of Shortwave.

He was confirmed as member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors on August 1, 2013.

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    On October 23, 2013, the BBG changed its committee structure.

    Advisory Committee
    The Advisory Committee members include Governor Jeff Shell (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Matthew Armstrong, and Governor Kenneth Weinstein.

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    The CEO Committee members include Governor Jeffrey Shell (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Matthew Armstrong and Governor Kenneth Weinstein.

    Special Committee on Internet Anti-Censorship The IAC Committee members include Governor Kenneth Weinstein (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Matthew Armstrong, and Governor Ryan Crocker.

    Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting
    The Shortwave Committee members included Governor Matthew Armstrong (who also serves as Committee Chair), Governor Michael Meehan, Governor Kenneth Weinstein and Governor Ryan Crocker. On August 1, 2014, the committee issued its report, To Be Where the Audience Is; The Future of Shortwave. The committee was dissolved on August 13, 2014.

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