Amb. Neumann

Ronald E. Neumann
President, American Academy of Diplomacy

Formerly a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Ronald E. Neumann served three times as Ambassador; to Algeria, Bahrain and finally to Afghanistan from July 2005 to April 2007. Before Afghanistan, Mr. Neumann, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, served in Baghdad from February 2004 with the Coalition Provisional Authority and then as Embassy Baghdad’s principal liaison with the Multinational Command, where he was deeply involved in coordinating the political part of military actions.

Prior to working in Iraq, he was Ambassador in Manama, Bahrain (2001-2004). Before that, Ambassador Neumann served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (1997-2000) with responsibility for North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Before that assignment, he was Ambassador to Algeria (1994 to 1997) and Director of the Office of Northern Gulf Affairs (Iran and Iraq; 1991 to 1994). Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and in Sanaa in Yemen, Principal Officer in Tabriz, Iran and Economic/Commercial Officer in Dakar, Senegal. His previous Washington assignments include service as Jordan Desk officer, Staff Assistant in the Middle East (NEA) Bureau, and Political Officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs.

Ambassador Neumann is the author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan (Potomac Press, 2009), a book on his time in Afghanistan. He has returned to Afghanistan repeatedly and is the author of a number of monographs, articles, and editorials. His writings have focused most heavily on Afghanistan, stabilization, and Bahrain. At the Academy he has focused particularly on efforts to expand State and USAID personnel and upgrade their professional formation to enable these institutions to carry out their responsibilities. Ambassador Neumann is on the Advisory Committee of two non-profits working in Afghanistan; the Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) and for the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA).

Ambassador Neumann speaks some Arabic and Dari as well as French. He received State Department Superior Honor Awards in 1993 and 1990. He was an Army infantry officer in Viet Nam and holds a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. In Baghdad, he was awarded the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. He earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in political science from the University of California at Riverside. He is married to the former M. Elaine Grimm. They have two children.

 

 

 

Aimee Stoltz

Aimee Stoltz
Program Director

Aimee Stoltz is the Program Director at the Academy, where she coordinates Academy programs, events, and publications, and manages the budget and finances of the organization. Aimee is a California native and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree in political science with a minor in Spanish. She went on to live in Costa Rica, Ireland, China, and Italy, for work and language study. Her travels and study prompted her to earn her master’s degree in international relations and international economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Bologna, Italy, and Washington, DC campuses. Her varied professional background includes nonprofit, education, think tank, and tech positions. Before attending SAIS, she worked in the AdWords division of Google, then worked for Rosetta Stone for several years, and most recently was working in research with the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Aimee’s keen interest in American foreign policy and international relations brought her to the Academy, where she is focused on fundraising, social media expansion, and developing the Academy’s educational programs. In her spare time, she is also a Zumba fitness instructor and an avid language learner.

 

 

 

 

 

Shayna McCready
Finance/Operations Assistant

Shayna is the Finance and Operations Assistant to the Academy where she provides administrative, accounting, and office support. She is a graduated expert in design, monitoring, and evaluation for non-profit programming with a specialization in conflict resolution and inclusive mechanisms for engagement with youth and underrepresented constituencies. She is dedicated to the professionalization and efficiency of the field as demonstrated by her work in partnering alongside global institutions and donor funded development projects as a means to foster the foundations of sustainable conflict transformation. The context of her professional expertise includes travel and fieldwork across several countries in the MENA region, Central Africa, Europe and the Balkans, Haiti, and the US where she provided support in developing appropriate data collection tools, conducting preliminary baseline analysis and final impact evaluation reports of data findings in support of institutional development.

 

 

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