Michele Malvesti

CEFP Board of Advisors


Dr. Michele L. Malvesti serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Dr. Malvesti currently serves as a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, as well as on the Advisory Committee for root9B, a cyber-security services firm.

Previously, she worked as a Vice President in the National Security Sector at Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, and with its successor company, Leidos.

During her time in government, Dr. Malvesti served more than five years on the National Security Council staff, including as the Senior Director for Combating Terrorism Strategy. During this period (2002-2007), she advised the President’s National Security Advisor and Homeland Security Advisor on counterterrorism policy and strategy. Dr. Malvesti briefly returned to the White House in 2009 in order to co-chair the Presidential study review that reformed the White House organization for homeland security and counterterrorism on behalf of the Obama Administration.

Dr. Malvesti also has worked as a professional in the Intelligence Community, including at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she specialized in Middle East terrorism. Prior to her work at DIA, she served as an intelligence analyst for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Highest Distinction, in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her Political Science degree was conferred with Highest Honors. She received both a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dr. Malvesti was raised in North Carolina and is now a resident of Virginia.

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