Heather Hurlburt

Heather Hurlburt is a Senior Adviser at the National Security Network, where she formerly served as the Executive Director. Her policy work focuses primarily on the politics of U.S. foreign policy, counter-terrorism and resilience, and the nexus of civilian and military approaches to conflict resolution. She has previously served in the White House, State Department and Congress and held leadership positions in Washington-based non-governmental organizations.

Before joining the National Security Network, Heather ran her own communications and strategy practice, working on global and political issues with political, entertainment, and educational leaders. From 1995-2001, Heather served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the President, speechwriter for Secretaries of State Albright and Christopher, and member of the State Department's Policy Planning staff. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Congressional Helsinki Commission.

In 2012, Heather was named to Foreign Policy's "FP Top 50" and again in January of 2013, Foreign Policy featured Heather as one of the 10 women the Obama administration should appoint to a top national security job. She appears frequently as a commentator in print and news media and her work has been published by the New York Times, US News and World Report, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Guardian, POLITICO, and New Republic.

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