A distinguished former FBI Executive and the first U.S. Mission Geneva-sponsored Executive in Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Anderson has unique national security, geopolitical, and diplomacy expertise that cross-pollinates with depth in international women’s issues, including advising and mentoring women in areas of conflict. She builds upon her expertise to work as a consultant on preventing conflict, advocating for social justice, and challenging economic inequalities. She has worked on six continents with governments, international organizations, NGOs, institutes, academic institutions, corporations, small businesses, and civil society, and she has provided programming and keynote speeches in countries as diverse as Qatar, Switzerland, Australia, Turkey, Argentina, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Egypt.
Anderson is an advisor to the U.S. Comptroller General at the Government Accountability Office on international security, intelligence, criminal justice, law enforcement, and women’s leadership, and she is a Global Ambassador with Vital Voices. In 2019, LIM College awarded Anderson an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and a Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to global gender equality, at Lincoln Center in NYC. She was previously a recipient of Legal Momentum’s Annual Public Service Award, dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy, and Muhlenberg College’s Alumni Achievement Award.
During an FBI career which encompassed many “firsts”, including being one of the first women on an FBI SWAT team, Anderson led FBI Legal Attaché offices in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and spearheaded the FBI’s participation in the US Government/African Union Trans-Sahel Counterterrorism Initiative in Africa. She led the FBI’s New York Counterterrorism Division/Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and its Intelligence Division as the interim Special Agent in Charge. Anderson and her teams received numerous awards and commendations, including from the Director of National Intelligence, the U.S. Attorney General, Director of the National Security Agency, the Director of the FBI, the Respect for Law Alliance, and the Federal Executive Board.
Anderson is an expert with the Women’s Media Center, and has judged the XPRIZE Foundation’s Women’s Safety XPRIZE and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy’s Prize for Innovation in Global Security. She serves on several international non-profit boards and served as an advisor for the documentary film The Uncondemned, which tells the story of the first prosecution of rape as a war crime in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.
Anderson is a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, #NatSecGirlSquad, the International Women’s Forum, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Women in the Boardroom, NACD, and the Belizean Grove. She is a mentor with Girl Security and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She has a degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, and completed executive programs at Harvard Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. She speaks English and French and resides in the NYC area.