Chief of Staff, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Rachel Schiller is Chief of Staff and Director of Strategy and Resource Coordination for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) at the United States Department of State based in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she coordinates bureau-wide strategic planning, management, personnel and staffing requirements, and budget formulation and execution to advance the PM's mission to drive global security policy and build international security partnerships that advance U.S. foreign policy objectives. She has a strong focus on strengthening security sector institutions’ governance and ensuring conflict-sensitive approaches to security cooperation. Before joining the State Department, Rachel was an advisor to the United Nations and the World Bank on peace process support, where she worked intensively on the implementation of the Aceh peace process in Indonesia. She also worked for non-governmental organizations, including the International Rescue Committee providing humanitarian assistance in conflict zones across Indonesia.
Rachel holds a Ph.D. in international conflict resolution with a focus on negotiation, mediation, and reconciliation as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Washington, D.C.