Wendy Anderson

Wendy R. Anderson has more than 20 years experience in defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence.

Ms. Anderson recently left government after 11 years of service.  From 2010 to 2015, Anderson served in the Obama administration in key leadership roles in the Departments of Defense and Commerce, including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Chief of Staff to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

While at the Defense Department, Ms. Anderson was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department’s highest civilian service award, presented by Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. In July 2014, National Journal described Anderson as one of the “25 Women Who Shape National Policy.”

Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, serving as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, managing the international security portfolio, and was lead staff on South Asia (Afghanistan and Pakistan) and the Middle East. During her Senate tenure, she also worked for Senators Barbara Mikulski and Frank Lautenberg, on intelligence and defense respectively.

She has studied and worked extensively in South Asia (especially Afghanistan, Pakistan, India), the Middle East, and Europe.

Ms. Anderson received her Bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College, a Master’s degree in Philosophy/Theology from Harvard University, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Council’s 2009-2010 Independent Task Force on Pakistan and Afghanistan.