President & Partner, Balsera Communicaions
David A. Duckenfield is the President and a partner at Balsera Communications where he provides leadership and counsel across the agency’s diverse practice areas. He has over 20 years experience in public diplomacy, corporate and marketing communications, brand building, crisis communications and public policy.
Between 2014 and 2016, Duckenfield was a senior official in the Obama Administration, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs. In this role he oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, which engaged the American public and state and local elected officials on the foreign policy policies and priorities of the administration.
During his tenure at the State Department, Duckenfield launched the “Cities@State” Department-wide initiative that focused on the nexus of foreign policy and urbanization and sought to develop diplomatic options and opportunities in that space. While there he also worked directly with the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change office and The White House office of Energy and Climate Change & Council on Environmental Quality on their domestic and international engagement efforts during the lead up to the 21st Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21). In 2015, Duckenfield led the inaugural U.S. Delegation to APEC’s Senior Officials’ Meeting on city development and urbanization in Cebu, Philippines, and was the department liaison with U.S. mayors and governors at the 2015 U.S. China Leaders Climate Summit in Los Angeles and at the 2015 COP21 Global Climate Summit in Paris, France.
Duckenfield began his professional career as a U.S. Foreign Service officer in Mexico City and Bogota. He later headed the PR efforts in Latin America for the National Basketball Association and Yahoo! and is member of the New York based Council on Foreign Relations. He received a MA in Latin American Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and an AB in History from Dartmouth College.