Heather Hurlburt is the executive director of the National Security Network, where her policy work focuses primarily on the politics of U.S. foreign policy, counter-terrorism and resilience, and the nexus of civilian and military approaches to conflict resolution. Previously, she ran her own communications and strategy practice, working on global and political issues with political, entertainment, and educational leaders. From 1995-2001, Hurlburt served as special assistant and speechwriter to former President Clinton, as a speechwriter for former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher, and as a member of the State Department's policy planning staff. She has also worked for the International Crisis Group, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
In 2012, Hurlburt was named as one of the 50 most powerful Democrats on foreign policy by Foreign Policy magazine. She appears frequently as a commentator in print and new media, and her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, POLITICO, and The New Republic.
Hurlburt holds a BA from Brown University and an MA from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.