Ilan Goldenberg began the duties of Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs on December 13, 2021. Previously, he was the Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to CNAS, Mr. Goldenberg served as the Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations at the U. S. Department of State.
From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Goldenberg served as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee covering Middle East issues. From 2009 to 2012, He served first as a Special Advisor on the Middle East and then as the Iran Team Chief in the Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. Goldenberg has also been an adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
He holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business, and a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.