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Patrick CostelloChief Executive Officer

Expertise: U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S. Congress; International Trade; Business Diplomacy; Trans-Atlantic Relations; Sub-Saharan Africa; Diplomacy; Politics and Governance; International Law & War; Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law

Patrick C. Costello is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP) in Washington, DC. Costello is a recognized expert in U.S. foreign policy, trade policy, business diplomacy and the domestic politics of American foreign policy. Costello also regularly consults with the policymaking community and stakeholders on a wide range of foreign policy and economic issues, he is frequently sought out by individuals, institutions and companies to advise them on how to maximize their influence and impact in Washington, and writes a monthly column for the international business community in Italy.

At ASP, Costello provides day-to-day management of organizational strategy, internal policy formation, and stakeholder engagement and serves as the public face of ASP to outside constituencies. Prior to joining ASP, Costello spent over a decade at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington where he held a number of senior roles and directed CFR’s interactions with Washington policymakers and the diplomatic community. Upon coming to Washington, Costello worked in Congress for former Representative Jon Porter fulfilling a variety of policy and communications roles. After leaving Capitol Hill, Costello was a government relations counsellor with International Business-Government Counsellors where he directed congressional relations, and provided strategic advice and direct representation assisting businesses in international government relations activities affecting their global operations. Costello also served as a senior associate at The Whitaker Group, a consultancy and project development firm specializing in Africa.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Costello earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, a post-graduate certificate from Exeter College, University of Oxford, a master’s degree from King’s College London, and has done graduate study at the National Defense University and the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He was a 2011 Future Leader with the Foreign Policy Initiative, named an Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader in 2014, and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2015 to 2020.


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