Richard Goldberg (Illinois)

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Richard Goldberg
Former Senior Adviser of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
In office
2017 – January 2019
Chief of staff at the office of Senator Mark Kirk, and Chief of Legislative Affairs for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
In office
PresidentBarack Obama
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationBS in journalism and an MA in public policy and administration from Northwestern University

Richard Goldberg is an American political advisor and aide to the US National Security Advisor in the Donald Trump administration serving as the White House National Security Council's Director for Countering Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction.[1][2] He is a member of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)[3] and a former member of the United States National Security Council (NSC).[4] He works closely with United States Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook.[5][6] He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with military experience on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in Afghanistan[clarification needed].

Political involvement[edit]

Goldberg previously served as foreign policy advisor for Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk.[7] From 2015 to 2017 he was Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and later Chief of Staff for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.[7] He was Senior Advisor at the FDD from 2017 to 2019.[3] Goldberg left the NSC in January 2020 for personal reasons.[8]


Gouldberg holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in public policy and public administration from the Northwestern University.[9]

See also[edit]

  • Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Iran and weapons of mass destruction
  • Foreign Affairs Policy Board
  • Brian Hook
  • Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
  • Bruce Rauner
  • Mark Kirk


  1. "Richard Goldberg to join White House NSC". Jewish Insider. 2019-01-07. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  2. "Mark Dubowitz | FDD | Panel: 40 Years After the Revolution". Mark Dubowitz. 2019-02-11. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "FDD | Richard Goldberg". FDD.
  4. Mills, Curt (January 7, 2019). "John Bolton Taps Iran Regime Change Advocate". The National Interest.
  5. "Richard Goldberg, just another anti-Iran ideologue in the Trump administration". Militarist Monitor.
  6. "Advocate of Iran Sanctions Joins US National Security Council". Asharq al-Awsat.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Richard Goldberg (Illinois)". Ballotpedia.
  8. "U.S. Official Central to Hawkish Iran Policies Departs NSC". Bloomberg. 2020-01-03. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  9. "Richard Goldberg to join White House NSC". Jewish Insider. January 7, 2019.

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