Mary Speiser is a former intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency where she worked on military and weapons proliferation issues. After 9/11, she worked as a CIA liaison on counter-terrorism efforts with local FBI counterparts. Prior to her work at the CIA, she was a researcher at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey focusing on Cooperative Threat Reduction. Ms. Speiser started her career at the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs researching small arms and micro-disarmament. In addition to her international relations interests, Ms. Speiser is a fervent supporter of equity in education and in women’s leadership. She is chair of the Castilleja Board of Trustees, an all-girls independent 6-12 school in Palo Alto, California. Ms. Speiser earned a B.A. in Communications and French from Purdue University and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.