Irwin Steven Goldstein is a former American diplomat, government official and businessman who served as Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and Director of Public Affairs during the Bush Administration and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the State Department during the Trump Administration. He is also a former Dow Jones and Company Vice President, running global communications for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.[3][4]

Steve Goldstein
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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
In office
December 4, 2017 – March 13, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRichard Stengel
Succeeded byHeather Nauert (acting)
Personal details
Irwin Steven Goldstein[1]

Nashville, Tennessee
Spouse(s)Bill Popeleski[2]
ResidenceManhattan, New York City
EducationUniversity School of Nashville
University of Arizona

Early yearsEdit

Irwin Steven Goldstein was born to Bernie and Sandra Goldstein of Nashville, Tennessee.[1][5] Goldstein graduated from the University School of Nashville. He attended and graduated from the University of Arizona, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and education.[5][6] After college, he worked as a schoolteacher.[7]

Private sector careerEdit

Goldstein served as senior vice president of BP Global Solutions.[8][6][5]

Goldstein was employed at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal, where he was vice president of corporate communications.[5]

Goldstein worked at TIAA for seven years, serving as its executive vice president and chief communications officer.[5][9] He stepped down from the position as of September 30, 2010.[10]

He is currently Chief Marketing Officer at the Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), a San Francisco start-up, which is building a new U.S. stock exchange that aims to align the interests of companies and long-term investors and improve the public company experience.[citation needed]

Public sector careerEdit

Goldstein (right) signs a Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection with Libya in 2018

Goldstein spent eight years working as a press secretary and chief of staff for several members of Congress, including Manuel Lujan and Ronald Machtley.[5][7][11]

When President George H.W. Bush appointed Lujan the U.S. Secretary of Interior, Goldstein was hired to work as his spokesperson. Goldstein's official titles at the U.S. Department of the Interior were Assistant to the Secretary and Director of Public Affairs.[8][5][12]

President Donald Trump nominated Goldstein to Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the State Department’s top official that "leads America's public diplomacy outreach" by "informing and influencing foreign publics and by expanding and strengthening the relationship between the people and Government of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world," according to the department. Goldstein was unanimously confirmed by the Senate,[13] and he was sworn into position on December 4, 2017.[5][14]

Shortly after President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 13, 2018, Goldstein released a statement that Tillerson did not know why he had been fired and that Tillerson had only learned of his firing that morning from Trump's tweet.[15][16] Goldstein's statement was seen as contradicting the official account of Tillerson's dismissal, and Goldstein was fired from his position.[15][16] According to Axios, Goldstein was disliked in the White House "and seen as openly anti-Trump."[17]


  1. ^ a b "27 Trump Nominees Received by U.S. Senate". Targeted News Service. September 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Irwin Steven (November 1, 2017). "Senate Foreign Relations Committee Issues Testimony From State Under Secretary Nominee". Targeted News Service.
  3. ^ "State Department Calls Trump Drug-Interdiction Remarks Unhelpful". Bloomberg News. February 3, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Atwood, Kylie (March 13, 2018). "Trump fires top Tillerson deputy in State Department shake-up". Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Former Nashvillian tapped for State Department post". The Jewish Observer. January 31, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration". The White House. September 15, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Bakst, M. Charles (December 24, 1988). "Now Hear This". Providence Journal (Providence, Rhode Island). p. A3.
  8. ^ a b "Who is the Next Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs?". Voice of America. November 28, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Fine Print". Crain's New York Business. October 23, 2017. p. 3.
  10. ^ Peterson, Chad (April 16, 2010). "TIAA-CREF Appoints Connie K. Weaver Chief Marketing and Communications Officer". Business Wire.
  11. ^ Richley, Warren (August 1, 1984). "Israel prosecutes American citizens for actions taken in the US". The Christian Science Monitor. p. 12.
  12. ^ Hayakawa, Alan R. (February 25, 1989). "New Interior Chief Noncommittal on Owl". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). p. A13.
  13. ^ Atwood, Kyle (March 13, 2018). "Trump fires Steve Goldstein, a top Tillerson deputy, in State Department shake-up". Newsweek.
  14. ^ "State Department Conducts Daily Press Briefing, Nov. 28". Targeted News Service. November 28, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Lee, Matthew (March 13, 2018). "The Latest: Officials say White House fired Tillerson aide". Associated Press.
  16. ^ a b Atwood, Kyle (March 13, 2018). "Trump fires Steve Goldstein, a top Tillerson deputy, in State Department shake-up". CBS News.
  17. ^ Treene, Alayna (March 13, 2018). ""State Department Steve" Fired After Tillerson Ouster". Axios. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Stengel
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Succeeded by
Heather Nauert