Stephen J. Del Rosso

Program Director, International Peace & Security, International Program


Stephen J. Del Rosso brings extensive policy, academic, and philanthropic experience and understanding in international relations to Carnegie Corporation of New York as director of the International Peace and Security program.

Del Rosso was recruited to Carnegie Corporation by President Vartan Gregorian from the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations where he served as director of programs for one of the country's largest and most active international affairs forums. Del Rosso’s previous foundation experience includes management of The Pew Charitable Trusts' "Global Security" grantmaking program for almost six years and coordinator of its final efforts in Eastern and Central Europe. A former career diplomat, Del Rosso served nearly ten years in the U.S. Foreign Service with overseas assignments in Central America and the Caribbean during the height of U.S. engagement in the region in the mid-80's. In Washington, he had tours in the Department of State’s, operations center and as staff officer to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, during which he also participated in numerous overseas missions. His other Foreign Service assignments include program coordinator of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, arms control legislative management officer, and director of the office of legislative operations. He also was a presidential management intern (now fellow) in the international affairs division of NASA, news producer at Voice of America, and principal staff assistant to British Member of Parliament Sir Julian Critchley.

Del Rosso holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was an Earhart Fellow, a diploma in international studies from the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in English from Tufts University.

He is chairman emeritus of the board of the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, an independent grantmaking foundation established by USAID and the Open Society Foundations, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Geneva Centre for Security Policy Advisory Board, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia Advisory Committee, American Political Science Association, and International Studies Association.

Del Rosso is married to Joy Miller Del Rosso, a senior nutrition advisor at Save the Children, and has two daughters, Tamara and Stephanie, both recently graduated from college and pursuing careers in the theater arts. He is the author of and contributor to various publications on international security and American foreign policy, and has taught courses on nationalism and the international system.

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