Mr. Matt Armstrong is an author and lecturer on public diplomacy and international media.
He presently serves as a Governor, a part-time position, on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. 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. He is also the Secretary, and member of the Board of Directors, of the Public Diplomacy Council.
Mr. Armstrong is currently working on 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.
In 2011, Mr. Armstrong served as Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Armstrong was an adjunct lecturer of public diplomacy at the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California. He started the blog www.MountainRunner.us in 2004 and later was President & Founder of the MountainRunner Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on issues related to public diplomacy.
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. He is presently training for two events: to swim the English Channel as part of a relay to raise money for charity and to run the Glencoe (Scotland) Marathon.
Mr. Armstrong currently resides in London.
"Mountainrunner" was and remains the nickname of his best running partner: his dog.