Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, May 31, 2018

1982 La Follette alumnus Speckhard joins Board of Visitors

1982 La Follette alumnus Speckhard joins Board of Visitors

Daniel Speckhard (MA ’82), president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, has joined the La Follette School’s Board of Visitors (BOV). Lutheran World Relief, an international development and relief organization, works in more than 30 countries.

“Daniel brings major international policy and nonprofit experience to the table, and I’m thrilled that he is willing to share his expertise with the La Follette School,” said Professor and BOV Director Susan Yackee. “Daniel has been quite involved with our programs over the last few years, especially in talks to our MIPA (Masters in International Public Affairs) students and in helping with our La Follette School in DC training program for students.”

A former US Ambassador to Greece and Belarus, Speckhard has had a long and distinguished career in government service under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Ambassador Speckhard’s previous positions have included serving as deputy assistant secretary general at NATO and deputy chief of mission in Iraq.

Speckhard received a bachelor’s degree in economics from UW–Madison (1980) as well as master’s degrees in public policy and administration (1982) and in economics (1983). He began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow, a two-year federal training program that builds leadership skills and offers experience across functional areas, offices, and agencies.

BOV members help the La Follette School identify resources that can enhance the school’s stature and standing, provide assistance in fundraising, provide career advice and assistance to students, and act as goodwill ambassadors for the School.