Michele Flournoy is the co-founder andÂ CEO of the nonpartisan think tankÂ Center for a New American Security, which offers ideas forÂ national security policies.
Flournoy served as defense undersecretary for policyÂ from February 2009 to February 2012, where she worked with the defense secretary onÂ security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations and in National Security Council deliberations.
Prior to her confirmation for the role, Flournoy co-led President Barack Obamaâs transition team atÂ the Pentagon.
Her public service career also includes stints as principal deputy assistant defense secretary for strategy and threat reduction, as well as deputy assistant defense secretary for strategy.
Flournoy also has served as aÂ senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International StudiesÂ and as aÂ distinguished research professor at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies.
SheÂ is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, as well as a senior fellowÂ at Harvard Universityâs Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
She also serves on the boards of MITRE Corp., Rolls Royce North America, Amida Technology Solutions and The Mission Continues, as well as a senior adviserÂ at the Boston Consulting Group.
Flournoy holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum scholar.