WIIS-DC Monthly Mentoring Circle
Come listen to Alice Friend share her tips and insight on working and succeeding in the national security realm. Come prepared to offer your own questions and observations to help enrich the discussion.
The event will take place on Tuesday, February 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm at George Washington University (1957 E Street, NW Room #316).
WIIS-DC Spotlight: Alice Friend
Past Experience: Ms. Friend joined the Department of Defense in 2009 as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Friend was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (DUSD) for Strategy, Plans, and Forces (SPF), supporting the DUSD on the full range of SPF’s portfolio items with a particular focus on global posture initiatives. In addition to her assigned duties, Ms. Friend provided support to the development of the January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, and led the Policy team responsible for rolling out the Guidance to the public.
Prior to joining SPF, she served as Country Director for Pakistan in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where she covered the strategic and nuclear issues portfolio. She spearheaded DoD’s participation in the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue ministerial meetings in Washington, D.C., and the U.S.-Pakistan defense bi-lateral Defense Consultative Group talks in Islamabad, Pakistan. For her efforts at the Department, Ms. Friend was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2012.
Prior to joining DoD, Ms. Friend held research positions at the Center for a New American Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and authored numerous reports and editorial pieces. Her international experience includes positions at the International Labor Organization and the Public International Law and Policy Group, and work with the Senegalese Association for Research, Study, and Aid to Development through Operation Crossroads Africa.
Ms. Friend has also served as a Case Manager with Catholic Charities homeless shelter programs and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Smith College and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and U.S. Foreign Policy from American University. She speaks French and Spanish.
WIIS-DC Monthly Topical Circle: Please join us on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm for an inspiring and stimulating roundtable discussion with Dr. Maria Stephan. Come listen to her experience working with civil society and most recently with the Syrian opposition.
It will be held at George Washington University - Phillips Hall 111 (801 22nd Street - about a block from the Foggy Bottom metro stop (Blue/Orange Line).
Seating is limited, first-come, first-served. Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 25 for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.