William Danvers is a senior advisor to Blue Star Strategies, LLC. He has worked on international public policy issues at the highest levels of government in Washington, DC and abroad for over 35 years. His work has included security and political issues with a particular focus on human rights, fighting corruption and other humanitarian topics.
Danvers served in the Clinton Administration at the White House National Security Council (NSC) where he was a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, as well as an NSC Senior Director. He also worked at the State Department. During the Obama Administration he worked for the intelligence community and the Defense Department for Leon Panetta, and at the State Department where he was Secretary of State John Kerry’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
He worked on Capitol Hill for nearly 14 years, including eight in the House of Representatives where he was a legislative aid for foreign affairs to a Member of Congress, as well as a press secretary and speech writer. He also worked in the Senate for over six years, most recently as the Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for then Senator John Kerry.
He is now a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where he works on international issues. Just prior to coming to CAP he was Deputy Secretary General for the Paris based OECD where he was responsible for some of the organization’s anti-corruption work and relations with non-member nations. Danvers also worked for a government relations firm in the private sector on a variety of international issues.
Danvers was an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He received the Director’s Award while working for then CIA Director Leon Panetta. He has a BA from the Honors College at Michigan State University and an MA from George Washington University.
He is married with two children.