A discussion with
Leslie Hunter ‘96
Hunter will draw on her experience as a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense to describe working in the male-dominated field of defense and national security. She will address the challenges and opportunities of serving in a large bureaucracy, including those associated with any change of administration, while shedding light on the unique challenges of this transition.
Leslie Hunter is a 1996 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with extensive experience in the field of national security. A career civil servant from 2003 to 2017, she was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Security Cooperation before leaving the government in September 2017. She served previously as the Director for Force Development , a Strategist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and an Advisor for Special Operations Capabilities .
Prior to joining OSD, Leslie spent a year as a civil servant at the State Department, working in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She launched her career in Washington, DC, in the think tank community, first serving as the Assistant Editor of the Middle East Institute's Middle East Journal and then as the Deputy Director of Studies of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). While at CSIS, she earned her MA from American University's School of International Service. She is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Secretary of Defense Award for Meritorious Civilian Service and the Department of Defense David O. Cooke Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
Co-sponsored by the Government Department and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.