Leisel Bogan

Leisel Bogan works in the private sector on global strategy and cybersecurity. Leisel’s career has focused on driving programs and initiatives across the international policy, technology, and national security sectors. Prior to her current role she was a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution where she focused on cybersecurity and international policy, and led the initial strategic outreach and coalition efforts of the Hoover Institution’s Washington D.C. office. From 2009-the end of 2012 she worked for Dr. Condoleezza Rice in a variety of capacities including as her deputy and interim Chief of Staff, ending her tenure as Director of Research, while concurrently working for private clients in emerging markets at the boutique geostrategic consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates, LLC. Leisel has also worked on new media technologies and strategy at Warner Bros. Entertainment and business advisor strategy, communications, and philanthropy at Palantir Technologies. She has lived in worked in Germany, and conducted Fellowships in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, and Egypt. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with concentrations in economics and international relations from Pepperdine University, and has guest lectured at the undergraduate school’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Leisel began her career in television advertising as a child actor and trained professionally in ballet before teaching it for more than ten years. She is Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations and is a 2016 Gabr Foundation Fellow.