INSA Appoints Sue Gordon Senior Intelligence Adviser

Sue Gordon

Former principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon is serving as senior intelligence adviser to the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a position she was named to earlier this year.

In her role, Gordon advises and counsels INSA leadership on policy initiatives and strategic engagement with the intelligence community.

“Sue is a pioneer in our community, and we are delighted to welcome her to our leadership team,” INSA Chair Tish Long said. “Her more than three decades of public service were marked by a deep commitment to partnerships, innovation, and most importantly, the workforce. These are cornerstones of INSA’s mission, and her leadership will be extremely valuable to the organization and the broader community.”

Gordon served as the nation’s second-highest intelligence official from 2017-2019, leading the effort to better integrate the IC, expand outreach and public-private partnerships, advance diversity and inclusion and a host of other efforts.

From 2015-2017, she was deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Prior to NGA, Gordon served for 27 years at the CIA, where she rose to senior executive positions in each of the agency’s then-four directorates: operations, analysis, science and technology, and support.

Gordon now serves on the advisory boards of Pallas Advisors and DRK Foundation and is a senior fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Security and Emerging Technology and Harvard’s Belfer Center. She also consults with Microsoft Corp. and other organizations.

Among her numerous awards are the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and Presidential Rank Award at the distinguished level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Duke University, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team.

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