Emily Tenuta

Development Manager

Emily Tenuta is the Development Manager for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Ms. Tenuta works closely with the Vice President for Development to build a diverse and passionate donor base, manage development-events and outreach campaigns, expand CNAS' annual conference sponsorship campaign, and liaise between CNAS corporate donors, the executive team, and CNAS' seven research programs. In her position, Ms.Tenuta serves as a Salesforce administrator of the Center's CRM database. In addition, Ms. Tenuta is a community manager for CNAS' Make Room Initiative, the Center's forum for discussions of race, representation, and inclusivity in the national security field.

Prior to joining CNAS in 2017, Ms. Tenuta was a Research Assistant for the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. While there, she collaborated with Commander (ret.) Patrick Paterson on studies of civilian-military relations in Colombia, International Criminal Court cases and Special Tribunals, and international humanitarian law. Also at the Perry Center, Ms. Tenuta worked with former Diplomat in Residence, Ambassador Adam Blackwell, on issues of U.S. foreign engagement in Central America.

Ms. Tenuta holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Villanova University. Her academic interests include the ethics of war, international law, and political philosophy, and she has a professional working proficiency in Spanish. Ms. Tenuta is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professions (AFP), Washington, D.C. Metro Chapter.

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