Executive Assistant and Deputy Director for NextGen Fellowship
Valeria Allende is the Executive Assistant and Deputy Director for NextGen Fellowship at CNAS. In this capacity, Allende manages scheduling for the Vice President and Director of Studies. She also helps run the Make Room initiative at CNAS, which aims to empower communities underrepresented in national security, educate the next generation of leaders, and provide a platform to share their expert perspectives.
Prior to joining CNAS, Allende interned for the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, where she worked on projects like the annual Congressional Country Reports on Terrorism. She also interned for Leaders of Tomorrow—an educational NGO based in Amman, Jordan—and she has interned for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Allende received her master’s degree in U.S. foreign policy and national security from American University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Riverside, in political science and Middle East studies.
Recent Publications & News
CNAS Responds: COP28
By Emily Kilcrease, Rachel Ziemba, Jocelyn Trainer, LCDR Thelmar A. Rosarda, Arona Baigal, Valeria Allende, Daniel Bonomo & Marielle Geerling
CNAS Responds: Oppenheimer and Global Nuclear Security
By Lisa Curtis, Katherine L. Kuzminski, Bill Drexel, Nicholas Lokker, Michael Depp, Jocelyn Trainer, Arona Baigal, Taren Sylvester, Noah Greene, Rebecca Wittner, Ayla McBreen, Laredo Loyd, Dr. Duyeon Kim, Valeria Allende, LCDR Stewart Latwin & Charles Horn
The Answer to Countering Chinese Influence in Brazil? Sanitation Reform.
By Valeria Allende & Daniel Bonomo