Mara Rudman is a senior counselor at American Progress, where she advises on creating smart strategies and finding the path to turn ideas into action and action into results. She is also a Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center at University of Virginia. She serves on the 2022 National Defense Strategy Commission and the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences board of visitors.

Rudman was most recently executive vice president for policy at American Progress. Her government positions have included serving as deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs in the Obama and Clinton administrations; deputy envoy and chief of staff for the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace at the U.S. Department of State; and assistant administrator for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Rudman is an American Progress veteran. From 2004 to 2009, she worked as the senior vice president for strategic planning and then was a senior fellow and founder of Middle East Progress.

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