Avril Haines ’87 will make history as the country’s first female Director of National Intelligence. Nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden, Haines will serve as the leader of seventeen U.S. intelligence agencies addressing domestic and foreign policy matters.
Previously, Haines was Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, where she was also the first woman named for the role. Before that, she spent three years as deputy counsel in charge of national security issues in the Obama administration and as legal adviser to the National Security Council. Prior to her tenure in the White House, Haines was also deputy counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she first worked alongside then Senator Biden.