Special Assistant to the President and CEO
Rebecca Edelston is Special Assistant and Director of the Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). In addition to assisting with the daily activities of the CEO and President, Ms. Edelston directs the Center’s Next Gen Program, a highly selective fellowship that brings together twenty high-achieving national security professionals ages 27 to 35 from across the government, military, and private sector for a year-long intensive leadership development program.
Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Edelston served as Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses. Previously, she served as Research Assistant to the Managing Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Ms. Edelston holds a Masters of Arts in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Academic Excellence scholarship, and a B.A. from Tufts University in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies.