David Stebbins was recognized as Castleton’s 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year, announced by President Dave Wolk at Fall Convocation.
A member of the class of 2007, Stebbins served as a Freshman Class President, Public Safety Officer, Summer Transition Program Mentor, and JAM Coordinator for the Student Council during his time at Castleton.
Stebbins is currently a Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation’s Washington, DC headquarters, working on counterterrorism, intelligence policy, and emerging technology issues. He has expertise on the Middle East, a working proficiency in Arabic, and recently traveled to NATO and a number of Unified Combatant Commands to support U.S. defense institution building efforts with U.S. coalition partners.
Prior to joining RAND, Stebbins interned for the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau. From 2007-2010 he performed policy work in service to Vermont as a National Security Legislative Staff Member for Senator Patrick Leahy and provided staff support for the Senate Judiciary Committee, often addressing constituent concerns related to Vermont higher education and continued federal assistance programming for low-income students.
Before obtaining his B.A. in Social Science from Castleton, he served as an Infantry Combat Medic attached to the 2/172nd Armor Division for the Vermont Army National Guard. Stebbins earned his Master’s of International Affairs degree from Columbia University where he concentrated on International Security Policy, specializing in International Conflict Resolution.