Ambassador C. Steven McGann

Founder of the Stevenson Group

Ambassador C. Steven McGann (ret), Founder of The Stevenson Group, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that identifies opportunities in the defense/security sector and implements specialized advisory services which focus on strengthening public-private partnerships.

McGann, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, was Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu (2008-11). Ambassador McGann also was assigned as Charge d’affaires (ad interim) of the United States Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste (2014). He previously served as the Deputy Commandant of the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU).

At the Department of State, McGann’s assignments included Director for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Director for Asia/Near East, Bureau for Population, Migration and Refugees and Deputy Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Bureau of South Asia Affairs. McGann also served two tours at the US Mission to the United Nations covering issues in the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council. Ambassador McGann’s overseas assignments included Taiwan, Zaire, South Africa, Australia and Kenya.

Ambassador McGann is a member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA. McGann has a B.A. in political science from Claremont Men’s College and pursued graduate studies in comparative government at Cornell University. He earned a M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is a graduate of the Naval War College Joint Force Maritime Combatant Commander Course. McGann also is an affiliate of the Center for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Ambassador McGann also serves on the boards of the Women’s Refugee Commission, the United Nations Association-National Capital Area and Diplomats and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR). He is a member of the advisory councils of Our Secure Future and several foreign affairs organizations that address diversity and gender equity.

Vision Statement:

Engagement with the United Nations was a central part of Steven’s Foreign Service career. As a junior officer in Zaire, he inspected Ugandan refugee camps near the Sudanese border. During his first assignment at the USUN in the General Assembly, Steven worked on child labor, health, women, human rights, and environmental resolutions, including with the preparatory committee for the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Later in Nairobi, Steven worked with the ILO to harmonize labor standards in the East Africa Community. This was followed by a return to the UN Security Council to work on issues related to Afghanistan, Cyprus, and Burundi as well as Security Council reform. Returning to Washington, Steven continued working on Afghanistan-related issues, including on the Bonn Conference that was tasked with creating a new Afghani government. This was followed by a stint in the Bureau for Population and Refugees coordinating with UNHCR, IOM and UNRWA. As Ambassador to Fiji and in Timor-Leste, Steven’s previous work with the UN proved essential. Steven hopes to use his knowledge and experience to help increase understanding of the important role the United Nations has in resolving critical multilateral issues.

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