BGR Advisory Board Member Heather Nauert Joins CNAS Board of Advisors


July 7, 2020

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today announced that Heather Nauert, former spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, has joined the CNAS Board of Advisors. As a member of the Board, Nauert will contribute to the development and execution of the organization’s intellectual agenda.

The Board of Advisors is comprised of prominent leaders from the private sector, academia, the military and government who help inform the Center’s research and expand its community of interest.

“It’s great to welcome Heather to the CNAS Board of Advisors,” said CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine. “With her experience at the State Department, in media, and more, her insights will sharpen the Center’s work on key policy issues. Our experts and research will benefit significantly from Heather’s expertise.”

Nauert serves on the advisory board of BGR Group, a government relations and public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. She previously served in the State Department as spokesperson from 2017 to 2019 and as acting under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2018 to 2019. In those roles, Nauert articulated U.S. foreign policy and coordinated public messaging for the Department, its leadership and 294 U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. She also helped plan, execute, and manage messaging on top department initiatives, including the maximum pressure sanctions campaign against North Korea, holding China accountable for actions in the South China Sea, and efforts to combat state-sponsored disinformation from Russia, China and Iran.

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