Wendy R. Anderson

Wendy R. Anderson < Back Wendy R. Anderson, Senior Advisor

Wendy R. Anderson is a Senior Advisor at Laurel Strategies and one of her generation’s recognized leaders in national security, with more than 20 years experience in defense, foreign policy, homeland security, and intelligence. From 2010 to 2015, Wendy 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 then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Chief of Staff to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, serving on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as well as well as for Senators Barbara Mikulski and Frank Lautenberg. She has worked extensively in South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India), the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Wendy is an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Managing Director of Military and National Security Initiatives at Strong Eagle Media, a Los Angeles-based media company committed to producing films chronicling the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.