Hailey Lernihan currently serves as a policy program coordinator at the National Security Institute. In her role, her focus is fellow and advisory board member outreach and engagement, the paper production process for the Intelligence working group, and driving production for NSI’s Tech 2020 project which covers national security strategies in the tech sector. She is also the editor for NSI’s national security blog, The SCIF and a co-producer for NSI’s podcast Fault Lines.
Prior to her role at NSI, Hailey was a special advisor in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the State Department where her work included countering violent extremism over the Internet. She was previously at the White House for three years, covering the President and Vice President as their stenographer in domestic and foreign engagements.
Hailey graduated from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with a joint degree in Politics and International Relations. She also received her Master’s in Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She spent some of her time post-university living in Prague and in Seoul.
Outside work, Hailey is a member of the Junior League of Washington, volunteering in the local community. She also volunteers and travels overseas with Courts For Kids, a charity focused on building safe places for children to play.