Andrew C. “Andy” Rabens is the new Director for Global Economic Engagement at the National Economic Council (NEC) at The White House. The council is responsible for economic policy-making on domestic and international issues while coordinating with the economic policy agenda of the president. Rabens’ role focuses on global engagement, multilateral affairs, and leading efforts in the planning of the G7 and G20 summits, one of which has recently been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Andy’s predecessor, Caitlin Welsh, joined Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), to become Director for the Global Food Security Program.
Rabens has served in a multitude of roles and in embassies throughout the U.S. Department of State. He has been Special Advisor at the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, focusing on global youth issues; at the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs as Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa; and was Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs. He also served in the Bureau of African Affairs; the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; and in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Rabens began his time at the Department of State as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2008.
Previously, Rabens worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and for the Rt. Honorable Ed Miliband in the UK Parliament. Rabens has received awards such as the “Service to America Medal” from the Partnership for Public Service, and two Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State for his youth and economic opportunity work. He was a fellow at the New Leaders Council in 2013; a fellow with the Truman National Security Project; and an advisory board member with the Millennial Action Project.
Rabens holds a bachelors degree from Harvard University and a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.