Kitty Di Martino
Kitty Bartels Di Martino is a Senior Advisor to Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm. Ms. Di Martino brings to bear her experiences in forming an investment fund for emerging and frontier markets in Africa and from communications and media in both the private and public sectors to provide unique perspectives for clients seeking to navigate the intersection of business and public policy.
From 2009 to 2011 Ms. Di Martino served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In this role, Ms. Di Martino managed a top-to-bottom strategic review of public diplomacy tools and functions. The review allowed for greater alignment of resources and personnel to support U.S. foreign policy, national security and national economic interests outlined by the President and Secretary of State.
Prior to 2009, Ms. Di Martino worked in partnership with the Global Environment Fund to develop and launch the GEF/African Growth Fund, a private equity fund focused on providing expansion capital to small and medium-sized businesses across the complete value chain of the consumer goods and services sector in key African markets.
From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Di Martino served as Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Discovery Communications, the parent company of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC. In this role, Ms. Di Martino helped to promote focused executive execution against a clear strategy of launching and delivering high-quality content to a broad set of US and international audiences. Ms. Di Martino joined Discovery in 2001 as Director of Corporate Affairs & Communications.
Previously, Ms. Di Martino was staff to Madeleine K. Albright, first when Albright served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then when she was confirmed as the 63rd United States Secretary of State. Serving the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Department Spokesman James P. Rubin, she coordinated Secretary Albright’s participation in media interviews, public affairs events and foreign travel. In 2000, Ms. Di Martino was named Director of Communications for Albright.
Ms. Di Martino holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with Honors in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.