Biography

Toby Dershowitz is senior vice president for government relations and strategy at FDD. She also oversees FDD’s Communications Department, which yields thousands of print and broadcast media appearances each year. She has more than 30 years of experience in Washington, focusing on policy issues related to terrorism, cyber security, sanctions, the Middle East, and illicit networks in Latin America. She leads FDD’s policy roadmapping initiatives by identifying the conceptual issues and the strategy necessary to move the dial in various policy arenas. Possessing a strong commitment to bi-partisanship, she briefs and works closely with members of Congress and their staff, as well as with officials throughout the executive branch.

Toby also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). Her research focus includes tracking Iran’s global threat network and identifying points of leverage to counter Iran’s malign activities. She has written extensively on Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a case whose investigation and subsequent developments continue to be important for policymakers and law enforcement.

Toby works closely with domestic and international reporters, columnists, and editors. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, RealClearWorld, RealClearDefense, Arab News, Moneylaundering.com, JTA, Business Insider, Forbes, The National Interest, Huffington Post, and quoted in numerous other publications.

Toby previously served as spokesperson and director of media relations for a leading foreign policy organization for 14 years and director of a press association for 12 subsequent years. She has conducted media training for Fortune 500 executives, and continues to serve as president of The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Toby spent a year of academic study in Cairo, Egypt, and is conversational in Arabic, Hebrew, and Spanish.

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