U.S. Department of State - United States
Lawrence Sperling currently helps lead State Department efforts to harness the data revolution for implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. He previously helped the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources develop and implement policy and strategy to advance implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Global Goals. Prior to that, he led U.S. international engagement in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), working with civil society, the private sector and 66 countries to advance transparent, accountable and participatory government. He was a key architect of Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a public-private partnership to reduce tropical deforestation from agricultural commodities, and of partnerships to promote entrepreneurship and employability in Muslim majority countries. From 2010 – 2012, he was Director of International Affairs at the Department of the Interior, where he reinvigorated DOI global engagement on conservation, energy resources, earth sciences, and indigenous rights. In 2002 – 2010 he was Acting Director and Senior Advisor for Policy Coordination at State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, where he built the strategic case for U.S. engagement on climate change and environmental issues, developed partnerships to promote good governance for sustainable development, negotiated and implemented environmental cooperation agreements with free trade partners, and facilitated Americas-wide cooperation to address climate change and promote sustainable development. As Environmental Attaché in Mexico from 1998 to 2002, he fostered U.S./Mexico cooperation, industry stewardship and civil society engagement on a range of environmental issues. From 1991 – 1998, he spearheaded international cooperation on environmental enforcement and compliance for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Sperling holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. with Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.