About the Expert
Tiffany L. McGriff, a current International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a U.S. diplomat who has spent over a decade working in sub-Saharan Africa and managing Africa-focused policy portfolios at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Her recent Foreign Service postings include press attaché and public affairs officer at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and South Sudan, respectively, where she served as the mission spokesperson, media advisor, and lead communications strategist for the promotion of U.S. assistance programs. Previously, she served as the special assistant to the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and the country expert on Guinea-Conakry, Niger and Ghana, where she tracked sociopolitical developments in each country and provided recommendations to principal policy-makers.
McGriff has served as a watch officer in the U.S. Department of State’s operations center, drafting daily briefs on significant global events for the secretary of state, and was a duty officer in the White House Situation Room, drafting intelligence reports and serving as a note-taker for the president and other west wing principals. Her earlier diplomatic postings included political-economic and public affairs assignments in Portugal and Angola, respectively. She also served as the special assistant to the U.S. ambassador in South Africa.
McGriff is a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and has interned in the Capitol Hill office of late Congressman Donald M. Payne (NJ). She holds a BA in political science from Howard University and an MA in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver.