Mr. Matt Armstrong is an author and lecturer on public diplomacy and international media.
He presently 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 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. His other positions include membership on various editorial boards, including the Journal on Strategic Communication in Defense published by the NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence and Journal of Strategic Security 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.
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. He is a member of the National Press Club.
Before getting involved with public diplomacy and strategic communication in 2003, Mr. Armstrong spent over a decade in knowledge management and related information technologies.
He is a former multiple Ironman triathlete with dozens of marathons, several ultra marathons (only 50k's), and countless 3-mile ocean swims behind him. Returning to sport in 2015, in July he swam several legs of a relay across the English Channel and enjoyed running the Glencoe (Scotland) Marathon (with minimal training).
Mr. Armstrong currently resides in London.
"Mountainrunner" was and remains the nickname of his best running partner: his dog.