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Stephanie La Rue

Stephanie La Rue

Stephanie A. La Rue, Esq. is the Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). As chief of DEI for the intelligence community (IC), Stephanie leads the implementation of the national DEI strategy for the 18 agencies, departments, and elements within the IC. Before joining ODNI, Stephanie was the Chief Diversity Strategist for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Stephanie also served in CIA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) in both the litigation and administrative law divisions.


Stephanie serves as the IC representative to various White House initiatives on advancing educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity for various underrepresented communities.


In 2016, Stephanie founded the Latino Intelligence Network (LINK), a collective of Latinx Employee Resource Groups across the IC. Stephanie also served as chair of CIA’s Hispanic Advisory Council (HAC) where she established a relationship with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Under her leadership, the HAC was named “Top 25 Employee Resource Group of the Year” by Latina Style Magazine, Inc. During her tenure, Stephanie also served as a member of former CIA Director John Brennan’s Advisory Group on Women in Leadership, and the Diversity in Leadership Study. Stephanie is the recipient of the IC Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Award for Exceptional Service, as well as CIA’s Donald Cryer Award for exemplary contributions to Agency mission.


Stephanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Government and Politics. Stephanie is also a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Stephanie is admitted to the Bar in the State of Maryland where she lives with her husband and two sons.




The IC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IC DEI) Office is responsible for the overall strategic management of the IC's efforts to build a diverse and inclusive workforce and to ensure that equity is a core part of management and policymaking processes. The IC DEI conducts data collection, analysis and visualization, and strategic outreach for underserved communities. The IC DEI Office reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence offering programmatic and policymaking guidance that impacts the representation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the IC.


The IC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IC DEI) Office is the principal advisor to DNI and IC senior leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion in the IC. The IC DEI Office produces the IC’s annual demographic report, which is delivered to The White House, Congress, and the public.


IC DEI collects, analyzes, and reports on workforce demographics and trends across the IC workforce. IC DEI is also responsible for DEI outreach, events, and strategic planning; training; and demographic and IC DEI best practices information sharing.


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