Deanna Bitetti

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Deanna Bitetti is senior communications officer, global communications at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, where she works to raise public, political, and financial support for forcibly displaced people around the world.

Formerly the deputy commissioner for policy and communications at the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, she helped create a global platform to share best practices on sustainable development initiatives and strengthen the City’s engagement with the UN and NYC diplomatic corps. Bitetti has also served as senior policy advisor for the United Kingdom Mission to the UN; in senior positions in local and state government; as associate director of Common Cause NY; and as an adjunct lecturer in the Political Science Department at Hunter College.

Bitetti holds a BA degree from Hunter College and an MPA with a concentration in international economic policy from Columbia University.