Careers in Global Development: Lester Munson
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This session features Mr. Lester Munson, Vice President, International at BGR Government Affairs. Lester joined BGR after a 26 year career on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. He most recently served as the Staff Director for Chairman Bob Corker of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he led policy, oversight, legislative and communications efforts for a staff of 25 and negotiated committee priorities with the White House, the State Department and Congressional leadership. Previously, Lester was Chief of Staff in Senator Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.), Washington, DC office. During Lester’s tenure, Senator Kirk became the leading Republican voice in the Senate on Iran and other national security issues. During the Bush Administration, Lester was a Deputy Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he focused on legislative affairs as well as global health issues. He led legislative efforts to develop and implement the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and won an award for his contribution to the creation of the President’s Malaria Initiative. Lester is a 1989 graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a Master’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Please join us in welcoming Les Munson with questions surrounding his work or career advice.