Avril Haines is Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, is a Member of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Bio Advisory Group, the Board of Trustees for the Vodafone Foundation, and the Refugees International Advisory Council. She most recently served as the Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. Just prior to that appointment, she was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and before that she served as the Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. Avril has also served as the head of the Treaty Office at the Department of State, as Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and as a legal officer at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. She is published in private international law and international humanitarian law. Avril received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, founded and ran a bookstore cafe for five years while engaged in community service in Baltimore, and then went to law school at Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her degree. After law school, Avril clerked for Judge Danny Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Read some of Ms. Haines' recent work:
By Any Other Name: Thoughts on U.S. Genocide Determinations — Council on Foreign Relations, 4/17/2019
Family Separation Policies Hurt U.S. Global Standing, Leadership — Axios, 6/7/2018
A Preface to Strategy: The Foundations of American National Security — The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 12/11/2018
Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Nuclear Deal — Foreign Policy, 3/31/2017