The U.S. State Department has named David Duckenfield, president of Balsera Communications, as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, effective May 5.
He will lead the State Department’s public liaison and domestic outreach efforts as well as its intergovernmental functions and the US Diplomacy Center. He will take a leave of absence from his duties at Balsera during the appointment.
Duckenfield has been a partner at Balsera since 2007 and has also led the PR practice. Previously, he directed Latin America and US Hispanic PR efforts for Yahoo and managed the NBA’s communications outreach in Latin America and the US Hispanic market.
Duckenfield began his career as a Foreign Service officer for the US Information Agency.