Cori Fleser

2021 Next Gen National Security Fellow

Booz Allen Hamilton

Cori Fleser is a National Security Policy Analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton. She currently supports the Joint Chiefs of Staff by providing technical subject matter expertise on implementing the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Act (Public Law 115-68) within military strategy, plans, and policy. From 2016 to 2019, she served as the Gender Advisor at U.S. Africa Command, where she was responsible for implementing the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security legislation within the command’s operations, engagements, and security cooperation. Cori’s previous experience includes supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a Joint Operations Planner, conducting analysis for Special Operations Command Europe and Special Operations Command Africa, and designing wargames for military and commercial organizations. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton in 2012, Cori worked for several non-governmental organizations focused on girls’ leadership development, gender-based violence prevention, and foreign aid reform. Cori completed her M.A. in Sustainable Development with a focus on Gender and Security at the School for International Training Graduate Institute and her B.A. in International Affairs and German with a minor in Women’s Studies at James Madison University. Cori was a 2018 Manfred Wörner Fellow with the German Marshall Fund and a 2018 Young Leader with Atlantik-Brücke. She is currently a 2020-2021 Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy and as the sole U.S. representative, she is one of the fourteen NATO 2030 Young Leaders appointed as an advisory group to the NATO Secretary General.

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