Joel Rubin is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at Carnegie Mellon University. He also leads the foreign policy consultancy Washington Strategy Group. Rubin is a former Democratic candidate for Maryland's 8th Congressional District. He is also a former senior government official appointed by the Obama Administration, having recently served at the State Department as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, handling the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, Rubin managed the Department's engagements with the Republican-led House on all foreign policy issues, ranging from Iran to trade to the fight against the Islamic State to Cuba. He also testified to the Benghazi Select Committee on behalf of the Administration. Rubin previously worked as a progressive foreign policy expert and advocate in the non-governmental field on national security issues. He worked at Ploughshares Fund, the country’s leading funder dedicated to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons; the National Security Network, a progressive foreign policy media organization; and J Street, the political home of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Earlier, he served as a national security aide to two senior Democratic Senators on foreign policy, defense, and appropriations issues, winning numerous awards, including the Congressional staffer of the year award from the Military Officers Association of America. He also served in government as a career officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Energy Department, and was an environmental education Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. Rubin has been a frequent commentator on foreign policy and national security issues on television and in print for MSNBC, CBS, BBC, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, Politico, the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle and other outlets. Rubin earned a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors degree from Brandeis University. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and three daughters.