Valerie Plame Wilson
A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame Wilson worked to protect America's national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons.
Wilson is the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was produced as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. Her first fictional spy thriller, Blowback, will be released in the fall of 2013. She narrated and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary on the dangers of nuclear proliferation Countdown to Zero and is an active member of the Global Zero Leadership board.
Wilson has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on various issues including nuclear proliferation and has written for Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, andThe Guardian. She works as a consultant to Warner Brothers TV and as director of community outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit research think tank that promotes multidisciplinary collaboration in the sciences. Wilson serves on the boards of United Way of Santa Fe County, the Penn State School of International Affairs, Postpartum Support International, and is very involved in local public school reform.
Wilson has a bachelor's degree from the Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and two children.