Berengaut served in President Obama's administration from 2011-2017.
Most recently, she was Speechwriter and Counselor to Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken at the U.S. Department of State, where she composed keynote addresses on a wide range of national security priorities and advised on critical public policy initiatives, including the U.S. response to the global refugee crisis. She designed and led the State Department’s Innovation Forum to engage the technology sector on foreign policy challenges and established and managed the position of the State Department’s first-ever representative in Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining State, Ariana served as Chief Speechwriter to Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she translated Dr. Shah’s vision into a communications strategy adopted by 80 USAID Missions worldwide and helped develop high-profile initiatives on Ebola, child survival, hunger, food aid, energy, and innovation. Previously, Ariana was a researcher at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Ariana received a M.Sc. in African Studies from Oxford University with fieldwork in southeastern Uganda and a B.A. from Brandeis University.