Keynote Speaker

NWMUN-Portland 2018 Keynote Speaker: Alexis Wichowski

Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; Press Secretary and Senior Adviser, New York City Department of Veterans' Services

Former Director of Media Analysis & Strategy, Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations

Alexis Wichowski is an adjunct associate professor in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, teaching in the Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization. She is also Press Secretary and Senior Advisor at New York City’s newly created Department of Veterans’ Services, providing support to the City’s half million veterans and their families. She has previously served New York City as a Disaster Relief Field Responder, before and during 9/11.

Previous government work includes Program Officer for the US Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy, Diplomatic Innovation Division under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and, most recently, Director of Media Analysis & Strategy at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations. She has been awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship, two Meritorious Honor Awards, and a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship. Outside government, Wichowski has worked in media impact research, information architecture development, academic book indexing, web coding, theater production, foreign sitcoms, and pretzel vending.

Wichowski holds a PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a BA in Chinese from Connecticut College, completed in three years cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, swims / bikes / runs, and reads science fiction voraciously.

More on Alexis Wichowski:

Official Biography

"Net States Rule The World: We Need To Recognize Their Power," Article by Alexis Wichowski at Wired

"Hack the bureaucracy: a user’s guide to getting things done in government (with or without tech)," Article by Alexis Wichowski at Medium

"Secrecy is for losers: Why diplomats should embrace openness to protect national security," Chapter by Wichowski in Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

Full List of Published Writings