The Hon. Michelle Giuda
Michelle S. Giuda is the Director of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, the global authority on tech statecraft whose mission is to advance freedom through trusted technology.
Previously, Giuda was Executive Vice President of Geopolitical Strategy & Risk at global communications firm Weber Shandwick, counseling global clients to prepare for and address the impact of geopolitical issues on their business and reputation.
From February 2018 to March 2020, Giuda served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Global Public Affairs. In February 2019, Secretary of State Pompeo also delegated to Giuda the authorities of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In this capacity, she also served as a Board Member of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. In May 2019, Giuda led and executed the largest restructuring at the State Department in twenty years to modernize the Department’s global public affairs and public diplomacy operations.
Prior to the State Department, Giuda was Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications at Weber Shandwick in New York, serving as a member of the firm’s global leadership team. Previously, she was also Deputy Press Secretary for former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Giuda is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center, a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and a Senior Advisor to Concordia. In 2022, she was named to the Ad Age 40 Under 40 List recognizing those leading change across the marketing industry. Giuda was also honored in 2016 with the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center.
Giuda received her Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University and earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA where she was an NCAA Champion and Team Captain of the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Team.
I am honored to be asked to serve as the Director of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue. We stand at the precipice of a high-tech, high-stakes geopolitical era, and our mission could not be more critical: Technology must advance freedom. I look forward to building upon the tremendous work of Bonnie Glick. Together with the leading innovators, engineers, and scientists of Purdue University, and in partnership with allies in government and the private sector in the United States and around the world, I am both confident and enthusiastic that we’ll help ensure that technology unleashes a future propelled by trust, democratic principles, and freedom.