Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Board of Managers, National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
Maja Lehnus has four decades of Intelligence Community (IC) experience and a three-decade track record of leading, transforming and driving lasting results at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). She is an independent consultant on national security issues and currently serves on the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Global Security External Review Committee and on the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Intelligence Committee. She served for three years on the Board of Visitors for the National Intelligence University.
For decades Maja led organizations responsible for challenging missions involving a broad swath of technologies. As Director of the National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC) she integrated the capabilities of eleven IC agencies to drive progress against the highest priority threats and wielded significant influence over the IC’s budget. Over a 20-year period she led CIA analytic programs, ultimately, serving as Director of the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Center (WINPAC). Maja has experience working with US policy makers and Congressional oversight committees and effectively partnering with industry, National Labs and DoD counterparts. Maja also effectively led in three enterprise functional areas, having served as the CIA’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the CIA’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer and as the Associate Director of CIA for Talent.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and her Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Maja has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, and she was interviewed by Newsweek for "Women in the CIA: Not Your Daddy’s CIA" (Jones 2016). Technology.