Mr. Matt Armstrong is an author, advisor, and lecturer on public diplomacy and international media.
Mr. Armstrong serves as the Board Secretary of the Public Diplomacy Council. The Public Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. He is also a member of the board for the Lodestone Trust, a land conservation trust providing an enduring venue for the research and development of programs in outdoor group therapy for military service-related post-traumatic stress disorder patients under professional supervision; identifying, mentoring, and enabling outstanding entrepreneurs; and, restoring or preserving wilderness and wildlife habitat.
Mr. Armstrong serves as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. As a Special Government Employee, his role as a Governor is part-time and limited to no more than 130 days a year. Nominated by the President, he was confirmed by the Senate to this position on August 1, 2013. The BBG oversees the U.S. Government's civilian international media, including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting Network, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and several Internet / Information freedom programs.
Mr. Armstrong also sits on various editorial boards, including the Journal on Strategic Communication in Defense, published by the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, and the Journal of Strategic Security, published by Henley-Putnam University.
Mr. Armstrong is currently working on (and nearly finished with) a book that examines the original purpose and design of U.S. government international media and public diplomacy as it began and evolved from 1917 to 1948.
Previous roles related to public diplomacy include Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, adjunct lecturer of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California, and President & Founder of the MountainRunner Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on issues related to public diplomacy. In 2004, he launched the leading blog on public diplomacy and strategic communication, www.MountainRunner.us. Since 2009, he has been a member of the National Press Club.
Mr. Armstrong earned a B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. He also studied European security and the Middle East at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Before getting involved with public diplomacy and strategic communication in 2003, Mr. Armstrong spent over a decade in knowledge management, application development, and related information technologies.
He is a former multiple Ironman triathlete with dozens of marathons, several ultra marathons (only 50k's), and countless ocean swim races behind him. He held coaching certifications from USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, USA Track and Field, and was a certified Masters swim coach. He ran his first marathon in 1999 (Los Angeles), the after his first century bike ride (Solvang). He was known to race a 3 mile open water swim race immediately after completing the 1 mile event, racing the Wildflower half-ironman triathlon on Saturday followed by the Wildflower Olympic distance triathlon the next day, racing the Los Angeles triathlon then driving to San Diego to race the La Jolla 3 mile Rough Water ocean swim a few hours later, took 2nd overall in the Boots & Utes division of the Camp Pendleton Mud Run in 2002, and other less than advisable efforts. After a ten year break and returning to sport in 2015, in July he swam in a relay across the English Channel (no wetsuit allowed) and, with inadequate training, enjoyed running the Glencoe (Scotland) Marathon. His key race for 2016 is running Hadrian's Wall in June (69 miles) after doing the Tour of Wessex (330 miles over 3 days in May).
Mr. Armstrong currently resides in London.
"Mountainrunner" was and remains the nickname of his best running partner: his dog.