Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell

Senior Fellow, Institute for Politics and Strategy


Richard Grenell joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy in July 2020. In his role as Senior Fellow, he will develop projects concentrating on the new Europe and the global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.

Prior to joining IPS, Grenell served as Ambassador to Germany, Presidential Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia, and Acting Director of National Intelligence. In that role, which he held from February to May 2020, Grenell oversaw the seventeen agencies in the intelligence community, and served as the principal advisor to the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters. During his short tenure, Grenell dramatically reformed the Office of the DNI, moving it toward an agency that coordinates intelligence rather than functioning as a competing body. 

As US Ambassador to Germany from May 2018 until May 2020, Grenell pressed Germany to increase its defense budget to meet NATO guidelines and worked to ensure the security of shared intelligence as the nation fielded bids for 5G mobile-Internet infrastructure.  

From 2001 to 2008, Grenell served as the United States spokesperson at the United Nations. His time at the UN coincided with worldwide upheaval following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He crafted communications strategies related to the war or terror, Middle East conflict, nuclear proliferation and the security of Israel. 

In 2004, Grenell was appointed as an alternate representative to the UN Security Council with full voting rights and privileges.

In 2010, Grenell founded the international consulting firm Capitol Media Partners. He has contributed to Fox News, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, CNN and The Washington Times. He previously taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications.

Grenell holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Administration from Evangel University.