Lori Leffler is a 2022 Alumnus of the National Defense University, Eisenhower School for National Defense and Resource Strategy, and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Resourcing. She is also a member of the Defense Senior Leadership Development Program 2021 Cohort. Lori joined the Ted Stevens Center (TSC) for Arctic Security Studies as the Special Advisor to the Dean and Defense Senior Leadership Development Fellow. In this position, she works to expand the role of the TSC, including the School of Arctic and Climate Studies, by enriching education opportunities and networking platforms for civilian and military security practitioners. Lori’s work enhances the TSC’s mission to provide security cooperation tools as a soft power while supporting the Department of Defense’s work in the Arctic and advancing U.S National Security interests.
Lori has over thirty years of experience developing and implementing strategic visions and missions to lead national security and corporate senior management programs. Her experience includes quantitative and qualitative analysis, management studies, and reviews. Lori’s extensive management and supervisory experience, along with her expertise in strategic planning, thinking, and communications, has provided her the foundation to make positive impacts as a civilian government employee and leader in corporate management.
Prior to joining the TSC, Lori held the position of Chief, Travel Programs, Defense Travel Management Office, within the Defense Human Resources Activity. In this capacity, Lori oversaw strategic enterprise-wide programs supporting over 2.8 million DoD personnel. Before joining the Department of Defense, she worked in the industry, holding key senior-level management positions. Lori’s vast experience and insight are critical to the Department’s implementation and management of sustainable programs supporting DoD stakeholders.