GSPIA’s Santucci named to Biden’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Julia Santucci, senior lecturer in Intelligence Studies in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been appointed to President Biden’s Intelligence Advisory Board, according to a March 3rd statement from the White House.

The advisory board is an independent element within the executive office that advises the president on the effectiveness of the U.S. intelligence community, and if it is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs. 

“Deeply honored to have been appointed by President Biden to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. The PIAB plays a unique role in our intelligence system, and I'm excited to serve in this capacity,” Santucci said. 

Santucci is director of both the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership and the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum. She also is an affiliate scholar of the University’s Institute of Cyber Law, Policy and Security. Santucci teaches courses centered around the U.S. intelligence community, diplomacy and the Middle East. As director of the Johnson Institute and Hesselbein Forum, she leads GSPIA’s research and teaching efforts to develop leadership skills in the next generation of public officials. 

Santucci served in the Obama-Biden administration as a senior advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues from 2015 to 2017, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority. From 2012 to 2014, she was director for Egypt at the National Security Council. She served for 10 years as a Middle East leadership analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.