As the Chief of Staff for the Global Engagement Center, Meagen LaGraffe leads a staff of experts from the private sector and the interagency, which includes the Department of Defense, Treasury, Justice, Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of State, to implement new approaches to disrupt extremist propaganda.
In her role, LaGraffe is a senior advisor on counterterrorism, information operations, counter-messaging, and counter-propaganda, and oversaw a quadrupling of the organization’s budget. She also leads outreach to Congress and Silicon Valley and the recruitment of experts from the tech sector, marketing sector, and academia.
Previously, Mrs. LaGraffe served as the Chief of Staff for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In that capacity, she was a principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense and helped manage all special operations and low intensity conflict activities, including: counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, information operations, and counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Mrs. LaGraffe previously served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Homeland Security, where she provided strategic advice for the Department’s immigration, border security, and detention policies. Prior to her appointment into the Obama Administration in 2010, Mrs. LaGraffe worked in the United States Senate, serving as an aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Mrs. LaGraffe lives with her family in Washington, DC.