Lorelei Kelly is a national security expert based in Washington, D.C., educating elected leaders and the public about global security challenges. She directs the New Strategic Security Initiative, which was founded to create a hub for ideas and projects that recognize how, in today's world, security is about people.
Prior to this, Kelly led the Real Security Initiative of the White House Project, an organization whose mission is to increase the influence of women in media, culture, and politics. Her professional background includes teaching at Stanford University's Center on Conflict and Negotiation and serving as a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a D.C. think tank. In 1998, Kelly founded and led Security for a New Century, a study group that continues today, supporting cutting-edge knowledge on foreign policy and defense issues for congressional members and staff in both the U.S. House and Senate. She also cofounded the American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation.
Kelly grew up in Northern California and Northern New Mexico and earned a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from Stanford University. She has an extensive civil-military background, and attended the Air Command and Staff College program of the U.S. Air Force. In 2004, she coauthored a handbook for citizens, entitled Policy Matters: Educating Congress on Peace and Security, and in 2008 produced a civil-military dialogue guide, entitled A Woman’s Guide to Talking About War and Peace, with Lt. Col. (ret) Dana Eyre, USAR. Both are free online. She blogs at www.huffingtonpost.com.