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David Benze

Policy, Planning and Coordination Officer

Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

US Department of State

David Benze is the Policy, Planning and Coordination Officer in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Office of Private Sector Exchange. He serves as ECA/EC’s primary day-to-day interlocutor with State’s regional geographic bureaus and overseas US missions regarding Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) alumni engagement ensuring alignment of ECA/EC programs with regional foreign policy priorities. David provides substantive and operational staff support covering the full range of EVP issues of concern to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS).  His primary focus includes: stimulating the innovative use of EVP programs to support US foreign policy priorities; advising on how to adapt ECA/EC operations to 21st century public diplomacy statecraft, particularly fostering cooperation among and between ECA/EC offices, regional bureaus, and the exchange visitor community.