Alicia Sloan, co-founder of Duco Experts, commands nearly 10 years of national security experience advising policymakers through her work for the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense, and on Capitol Hill. Her robust body of work and analysis on the Middle East has garnered praise from senior policymakers and awards, including selection by the Central Intelligence Agency as one of the top foresight products of 2015. She is a recipient of Meritorious Unit Citations from the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the CIA, and received eight Exceptional Performance Awards from the CIA.
Alicia has demonstrated proficiency in Arabic, French, and Spanish as well as lived in Amman, Damascus, Mexico City, and Paris. In 2008-2009, Alicia studied in Damascus, Syria at the Arabic Teaching Institute for Non Arabic Speakers and provided translation assistance to add English subtitles to Syrian television shows. Shortly thereafter, Alicia accepted a Fulbright award to Jordan, where she studied advanced Arabic at the Qasid Institute and led textile workshops for women in Amman.
Alicia was a Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) of Austin on issues relating to foreign affairs, human rights, and veterans affairs. In this role, she co-wrote legislation, including the Wounded Veterans Job Security Act, which passed the House of Representatives in the 111th Congress. She also worked as an International Development Officer for IMIFAP,a non-governmental organization in Mexico City, where she co-wrote and obtained a $750,000 European Union grant for a gender-based violence prevention program and published a professional journal article on violence against women in Mexico.
Alicia has always been passionate about making our communities a safer place for women and girls. She was a founding board member and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a grassroots organization that works to empower people in the DC area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault. CASS began an official campaign for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to implement policy to address sexual harassment and assault on the DC metro and by April 2012, WMATA responded by introducing its first-ever public awareness campaign to combat sexual harassment of customers while using the system.
She received Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University, with certificates in French, Political Economy, and European Politics and Society. She earned her Masters degree from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) in International Affairs, with a regional focus on Europe. Alicia is proud to be the mother of three amazing children and the wife of a remarkable and devoted husband and United States Military Academy graduate who served two distinguished tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.