WASHINGTON — Former US diplomat Meghann Curtis has joined Weber Shandwick’s Powell Tate as a public affairs and social impact senior VP.

In her new role, Washington-based Curtis will focus on senior counsel for clients on a range of corporate reputation, public affairs and social issues briefs.

Curtis brings to Powell Tate, which is Weber Shandwick’s public affairs arm, experience in communications and public affairs that includes working for Time’s Up and the U.S. State Department.

Most recently, Curtis served as COO of the Leadership Now Project, a network of business and thought leaders focused on strengthening American democracy. Her career also has included working as a Time’s Up consultant and Council on International Education Exchange executive VP. She also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“Meghann brings a depth of cross-sector experience on some of the most pressing policy and social issues of this moment, from the role of the private sector in revitalizing democracy to the urgency of leadership on sustainability and gender equity,” said Paul Massey, who is Powell Tate’s president and Weber Shandwick’s global social impact lead. “A proven master navigator of the complex, Meghann will undoubtedly be a catalyst for data-driven communications solutions that help our clients lead in a time of continued uncertainty and transformation.”