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"To be trustworthy, committed to excellence, and show care for others are the underpinnings of a successful person." - Lou Holtz


I was recently a Professor of National Security Decision Making at the Naval War College. I took a big risk (with the support of my husband) and resigned from my safe and secure job to run for the US House of Representatives.  I got crushed!  But I learned a lot about policy, decision making, building a staff, and demonstrating true leadership.  

Before becoming a professor, I earned a Master’s and PhD in National Security Affairs and Political Decision Making. I served for seven years as a Naval Intelligence Officer with extensive overseas experience and I've authored several publications.  I have extensive planning and coordination experience at the local, state, and national level. Through all of this experience, I've learned how important leaders can be to personal and professional development. I've learned what works and what doesn't work, in the military, in government, and in business.  And now I want to share that knowledge with you.  

From 2012-2016, I served on the Pacific Grove City Council.  Every year we would have a weekend retreat and spend a full day with the public determining our goals for the year.  By the end of the day, we had several white boards with lists of important things to be done, but we never took the next step.  We didn't development the plan for how we were going to get these things done.  Without strategic planning, rarely do you experience implementation or desired outcomes.



  • Managed $35 million and $21 million budgets
  • Developed and implemented local policy to facilitate local, state, federal law enforcement and intelligence coordination
  • Presented national policy proposals to local and national press on a weekly basis
  • Chief of Staff to US Ambassador in Hanoi, managing all Embassy communications and operations
  • Seven years as active duty Naval Intelligence Officer
  • Taught national security decision making and strategic communications to mid-grade and senior officers at Naval War College and Marine Corps Command and Staff College
  • Published various books and articles on national security, policy making, and national interests.
  • Congressional candidate (2016); elected local public official (2012-2016)


  • Strategic communications
  • Critical thinking and problem analysis
  • Research, writing, editing
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership Development
  • Management of People and Information
  • Discretion and Political Acumen
  • Knowledge of federal and state budgets
  • Development and implementation of Strategic Plans
  • Community Outreach
  • Development of media campaigns
  • Press release and media interview experience
  • Engagement with internal and external stakeholders









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