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State's innovation advisor stepping down

Alec Ross

Alec Ross took to social media to announce his plan to leave the State Department. (Photo courtesy of Alec Ross)

Alec Ross, senior advisor for innovation to the Secretary of State, took to Facebook and Twitter on March 3 to announce that he is leaving his position.

"I head abroad for last time as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State. I'll share news about what's next in a week!" he said March 4 on Twitter. Ross posted a similar message on Facebook the morning of March 3.

Ross joined the State Department in 2009 after serving a key role in President Barack Obama’s campaign, spearheading the agency’s "21st Century Statecraft" initiative and leading Civil Society 2.0, a grass-roots program that helps organizations all over the world harness the Internet to promote good government.

Ross, who began his career educating low-income students for Teach for America, helped foster a culture of eDiplomacy at the State Department, where every embassy now has a social media account and dignitaries reach out to the masses via tweets.

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Frank Konkel is a former staff writer for FCW.

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