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Garrett Berntsen Assumes Role as Deputy Chief Data and AI Officer at U.S. Department of State

Garrett Berntsen has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Data and AI Officer, Center for Analytics at the U.S. Department of State.

Garrett Berntsen has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Data and AI Officer, Center for Analytics at the U.S. Department of State, entrusted with spearheading initiatives to fortify data governance and facilitate wider access to the Department’s analytical resources. Berntsen’s robust background includes pivotal roles in establishing the Center for Analytics (CfA), fostering enterprise analytics to navigate the Department’s multifaceted mission and management challenges effectively.

Extensive Track Record and Military Service

Prior to his governmental tenure, Berntsen contributed significantly to analytics and strategy consulting across governmental bodies like the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Inter-American Development Bank. With an illustrious five-year service as a U.S. Army transportation officer, including two tours in Afghanistan, Berntsen brings extensive leadership and combat experience, marked by accolades such as graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger School and being honored with two bronze stars.

Academic Acumen and Professional Achievement

Berntsen’s academic journey is equally impressive, holding a Master’s in International Economics with honors from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He earned his Bachelor’s in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, consolidating his expertise in international relations and strategic analytics.

Berntsen’s role as Deputy Chief Data and AI Officer highlights a commitment to fortifying data governance, leveraging analytics, and facilitating access to mission-critical insights at the U.S. Department of State. His background in strategic analytics, coupled with military leadership, positions Berntsen at the forefront of driving data-driven decisions and fortifying the Department’s analytical capabilities.

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Anshika Mathews
Anshika is an Associate Research Analyst working for the AIM Leaders Council. She holds a keen interest in technology and related policy-making and its impact on society. She can be reached at
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