Joan Steiger

Joan Steiger, Communications Manager

Joan joins the USGLC after earning her Master’s in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Prior to her studies in Paris, Joan worked in development communications for Abt Associates’ International Economic Growth division supporting projects in countries such as Ghana, Indonesia, and Mexico. Joan is an avid French speaker and holds a B.A. in English and political science from the University of Florida. She is originally from Orlando, Florida and resided in France before returning to Washington, D.C.

Posts by Joan Steiger

  • January 26, 2021

    What the Confirmation Process Says about Development, Diplomacy and U.S. Global Leadership

    Joan Steiger in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | January 26, 2021

    Throughout Tony Blinken’s confirmation process in the Senate, and that of other Biden cabinet picks, the importance of U.S. development, diplomacy and global leadership has been a key theme of appointees and Senators alike.

  • January 20, 2021

    Inauguration Day: Setting the Scene for America’s Global Leadership

    Joan Steiger in Diplomacy, Global Development, National Security | January 20, 2021

    Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and a mere two weeks after violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Like other Democratic and Republican presidents before him, President Biden’s Inaugural address highlighted a clear vision for the role of American leadership and engagement in the world to support “peace, prosperity, and security.”

  • January 10, 2020

    A New Generation of Inequalities Taking Shape

    Joan Steiger | January 10, 2020

    In an attempt to measure a country’s progress in a more holistic way beyond income, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)’s latest Human Development Report also examines life expectancy, education, and personal freedoms, paying close attention to trends, policies, and issues that emerge year after year. While there have been significant gains in human development since the report launched in 1990, the latest report reveals some startling inequalities taking shape in the 21st century.


  • July 12, 2019

    14 Projects to Change 100,000 Lives

    Joan Steiger in Global Development | July 12, 2019

    Six months after the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, another exciting program is in the works: the W-GDP Incentive Fund. Announced by White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green at an event co-hosted by the USGLC and USAID, the W-GDP Incentive Fund will provide grants to 14 projects in 22 countries. Mostly located in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, these projects will collectively help more than 100,000 women advance in their local economies.

  • March 1, 2019

    Peace Corps Volunteer Breaking Down Stereotypes in Zambia: “Not all American homes are filled with piles and piles of money”

    Joan Steiger in Global Development | March 1, 2019

    Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 235,000 Americans have served as volunteers in over 140 countries around the world.

    This week, we commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Peace Corps by shining a spotlight on Lizzie Heilmann, a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia who is improving the health and well-being of people in her community while creating lasting impressions for years to come.

  • January 25, 2019

    Bill Gates, Matt Damon and Bono Walk into a Room

    Joan Steiger in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 25, 2019

    Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) draws leaders and luminaries from every corner of the globe and all spheres of influence, including government, business, civil society, academia and media, to Davos, Switzerland. Many high-profile presenters were in attendance at this week’s events, speaking on the theme of Globalization 4.0—both a nod to the increasingly digital, interconnected world and a call for heightened global cooperation in the face of rising nationalism.

  • December 20, 2018

    Bill Gates: “Africa Has to Demand Our Attention”

    Joan Steiger in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | December 20, 2018

    Just ahead of the Administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy last week, Bill Gates joined in a conversation with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. to share his insights on a host of growing global challenges and the vital need for continued U.S. leadership around the world— particularly in Africa.

  • December 7, 2018

    President Bush: Top 5 State of the Union Moments on American Global Leadership

    Joan Steiger | December 7, 2018

    In honor of the late president, here are five inspirational moments from President George H.W. Bush’s annual State of the Union speeches that capture his resounding belief in the importance of America’s global leadership.