Adam Sigelman MPP ’23

#PolicyProfile: Adam Sigelman MPP ’23

Feb 03 2023
By Brittany N. Murray
Source Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

“When I first graduated from college, I was a consultant in the private sector for a few years. I enjoyed the work and thought it was interesting intellectually, but I wanted to do something where I feel like I'm engaging with society, engaging with the world, and trying to leave whatever small imprint I can. I began working with the U.S. State Department in 2010 as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and in that position, I have served mostly in the Middle East. I've done tours in Yemen, Jerusalem, Algeria, and Morocco, and I specialize in what is called public diplomacy. I like to say that we're the hearts and minds people. We engage with foreign audiences and inform them about U.S. policy. We do that through working with the press, doing interviews, producing social media, and educational and cultural programming and exchange programs such as the Fulbright Program. I really enjoy that engagement with foreign audiences, introducing them to American culture, explaining all the intricacies and weirdness of America, and learning the same about their cultures.

That’s something I personally find very enjoyable, and I also think it's important as I do believe in the power of cultural diplomacy."
Adam Sigelman

I also love learning languages and love traveling. Living-wise, Madrid is just a fabulous city. I loved the pace of life in Madrid, the food, and the people. Workwise, this most recent tour I did in Algeria was really fulfilling. They have a vibrant, interested population, and they really appreciated what we had to offer in terms of English-language programs, cultural programs, music programs, art, etc., so it was professionally very fulfilling. I've gotten good experience in the field, and I feel like as a practitioner, I've seen what works and what doesn't work from a program perspective. But I really feel like we can improve the quality of our work if we think more deeply about the underlying principles of international relations, economics, and other fields to what we do.”

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