Spokesperson Office Department Outreach Session
Friday, October 14 @ 2:00 PM (EDT)
The Bureau of Global Public Affairs invites you to join a 45‑minute virtual session with State Department Spokesperson Ned Price and colleagues in the GPA Front Office to learn about how to craft press products for the Secretary. The session will include time for a brief Q&A session.
This session is designed for front offices, desks officers, new press officers, and subject matter experts who draft statements, press guidance, readouts, tweets, and other public products in the voice of the Secretary, the Spokesperson, and the Department.
Ned Price was sworn in as the Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State on January 20, 2021. He previously was Co-Founder and Director of Policy and Communications at National Security Action, a non-profit advocacy organization. During the Obama-Biden administration, he served as Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications. Prior to his time at the White House, he was at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he was a senior analyst and Spokesperson. He has been an NBC News analyst and contributor and taught at Georgetown University. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received a Master’s from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is originally from Dallas, Texas.
Lindsay Holst serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy in the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.
Ms. Holst served as an advisor to the digital team on the Biden-Harris campaign, and as a senior advisor to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she oversaw digital programming and strategy for the first-ever virtual convention. Prior to that work, she spent several years helping a variety of public figures and organizations–including the Biden personal office–communicate their messages effectively online.
Ms. Holst previously served in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden as Director of Digital Strategy, and prior to that appointment, in the Executive Office of President Obama as the Director of Digital Content in the Office of Digital Strategy. Earlier in her career, Ms. Holst helped oversee the digital email programs at the Democratic Party and on the Obama-Biden re-elect campaign. She has also occasionally tried her hand at screenwriting.
Ms. Holst holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University. She is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Nathan Tek is the Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, he served in Washington as Senior Vietnam Desk Officer and a Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Nathan has served at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, as the Director of the Regional Media Hub, where he was an Arabic-language spokesperson. His other previous assignments include Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar and Political Officer at both the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya and the special U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Yale University and his master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo under the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad Fellowship Program.