Lester Munson is a consultant and lobbyist at BGR Group, a premier Washington government affairs firm. He primarily advises foreign governments and international corporations as well as certain advocacy organizations. His last post in government was as Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He appears regularly on the international television network CGTN and speaks on foreign affairs and foreign assistance issues at think tanks and other public fora.
Munson held a number of senior positions on Capitol Hill, including as Chief of Staff to Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois. During the George W. Bush administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has a master’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Julie Munson and their two children.