Natalie Quillian

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Natalie Quillian

Natalie Quillian

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Natalie Quillian was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2017 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Natalie Quillian has over a decade of experience working in the federal government on national security and domestic policy.
From January 2013 until January 2017, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Advisor to the White House Chief of Staff. In that role, Quillian provided strategic advice to the President, the Chief of Staff, and other senior leaders on significant domestic and national security issues facing the country. She led inter-agency teams and worked with members of the Cabinet to troubleshoot complex policy matters, manage White House crisis response efforts, and direct strategic planning processes. Quillian was responsible for managing two major White House priorities — combating gun violence and addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Quillian also served on the National Security Council Deputies Committee.

Quillian has also served in several national security positions. She served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor at the White House, as well as Director of Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff, where she led the interagency work on U.S. nuclear weapons and ballistic missile defense policies and programs. Before her tour at the National Security Council, Quillian worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she focused on quadrennial reviews of nuclear policy and missile defense, as well as strategies for space and cyberspace. Quillian also served overseas in the U.S. Mission to NATO and in the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.

Quillian earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Middlebury College. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two children.