Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Deirdre M. Walsh

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Ms. Deirdre Walsh was selected as the first-ever Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in February 2018. As COO, Ms. Walsh is responsible for the effective tactical and strategic management of the ODNI, including orchestrating all transformation activities and effecting governance processes that will improve how information is presented in organizational decision-making.


From 2014-2018, Ms. Walsh served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the ODNI. In this position, she managed ODNI’s interaction with Congress, supported Congressional oversight requirements, and advised ODNI senior leaders on Congressional priority interests. Ms. Walsh was appointed to the Senior National Intelligence Service in June 2013, and has been employed by the ODNI for more than ten years.


Ms. Walsh also previously served as Deputy Director of Congressional and Public Affairs at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). At NRO, Ms. Walsh led a dynamic team in communicating the NRO mission throughout the Executive Branch, Capitol Hill, and with the general public. Her work has supported all parts of the NRO’s mission, including research and development, acquisition, launch, and operation of NRO systems.


Preceding her assignment to NRO, she supported the Assistant Director of National Intelligence/Chief Financial Officer in the Performance and Budget Justification Group at ODNI. Her responsibilities included the National Intelligence Program (NIP) Congressional Budget Justification, as well as related DNI testimony development, Intelligence Community (IC) coordination, and legislative analysis.


From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Walsh provided strategic counsel and support for efforts to revise Executive Order 12333, entitled “United States Intelligence Activities,” and served as Director of Policy Management during the stand-up of the Office of the Assistant Deputy DNI for Policy. In these positions, she led efforts to coordinate and communicate foundational policy changes across the IC. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Walsh worked as a Legislative Liaison Officer in the ODNI Office of Legislative Affairs with primary responsibility for the communication and defense of the NIP budget request.


Before joining the ODNI, Ms. Walsh served as the House Liaison for the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, with responsibility for all Commission interaction with the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Walsh also served on the legislative staffs of Representative Sherwood Boehlert and Representative Felix J. Grucci, Jr.


Ms. Walsh holds a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the University of Scranton, PA. She resides in Washington, D.C.