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Expertise: U.S. foreign policy, national security, Middle East policy, U.S. foreign assistance, foreign affairs and defense budget, legislative and executive processes

Mara Rudman is the executive vice president for policy at American Progress, where she works with policy teams to create smart strategies and find the path to turn ideas into action and action into results. She served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Rudman was most recently senior vice president for policy/projects at Business Executives for National Security, and led Quorum Strategies, a geopolitical strategic advisory firm. 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. She also is a faculty fellow at Georgetown University. Earlier in her career, she was chief counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee; she started her career working for her hometown member of Congress.

Rudman has been a guest on numerous TV and radio shows and has written for and been quoted in various print publications. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

By Mara Rudman
Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s ChallengesCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2021
A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s ChallengesCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2021
The Middle East Peace Process: An Analysis From Former U.S. NegotiatorsCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2020
A Practical Plan on the Israeli-Palestinian FrontCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2016
Post-Annapolis: U.S. Needs a Comprehensive StrategyCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2008
Facing ExtremismCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2008
Making Annapolis Work: Middle East Summit Requires Follow UpCenter for American ProgressNovember 26, 2007
Ten Questions for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2007
Learning from the Israel-Hizbullah WarCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2007
Averting a Deeper Crisis in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressJune 15, 2007
U.S. Must Lead for Middle East ProgressCenter for American ProgressMay 28, 2007
Need for Active U.S. Role in Middle EastCenter for American ProgressMay 21, 2007
Congressional War Powers: Too Many Options to ForgetCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2007
Professionalism vs. PatriotismCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2006
No Mere OversightCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2006
Vote Reaffirms Need for America To Invest in DemocracyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2006
Israel’s Heir ApparentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2006
A Light Unto the NationsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2005
Window of OpportunityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2005
Missing the Mark on the Largest Voting BlocCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2004