William C. Danvers

Bill Danvers has worked on national security issues for 35 years in the Executive Branch, on Capitol Hill, for international organizations and the private sector.  He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP).

Prior to joining CAP, he was Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where he is responsible for relations with the BRICS, Middle East, Asia and Latin American regional programs, relations with Ukraine, anti-bribery/anti-corruption programs and the innovation and technology directorate, which includes all cyber programs.

Danvers also served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations.  In the Obama Administration, he worked for Leon Panetta at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.  He worked for John Kerry at the State Department where he was Deputy Staff Director.  During this time he either led or was part of a team that oversaw the successful confirmation of Secretary Panetta at DOD, Secretary Kerry at the State Department, General Petraeus at the CIA and Samantha Power as US Ambassador to the UN.

In the Clinton Administration, he worked at the State Department for Ambassador Strobe Talbott on post-Soviet relations with Russia.  He also worked as a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council.

On Capitol Hill, he worked for the House of Representatives for eight years as a foreign policy aide, where he handled relations with the North Atlantic Assembly for a chair of one of Assembly’s committees, and as a press secretary. He also served as a legislative aide for Senator Joe Lieberman covering a range of international issues, including US relations with post-Soviet Russia and Warsaw bloc nations.  His last Hill job before going to the State Department for Secretary Kerry was as staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Danvers also worked in the private sector for ten years on a range of international issues, and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Elliot School for International Affairs.  He has a BA with highest honors from Michigan State University and an MA from George Washington University.  He has been married for 33 years and has two adult children.