Lauren C. Anderson

Fearless, Champion of women and youth internationally, Former FBI Exec, Vital Voices Global Ambassador, Passionate Mentor, Justice Warrior

Lauren C. Anderson, a geopolitical and international security expert and consultant, is passionate about working with women leaders and youth around the world to reduce conflict, advocate for social justice and address economic disparities. A former FBI Executive with a distinguished 29-year career, she has utilized her expertise in high-risk domestic and international situations; global conflict and terrorist incidents; diplomacy; and business throughout the world. Anderson’s FBI career was marked by many “firsts”, including being one of the first women on an FBI SWAT team and the first woman to lead the FBI’s office at the American Embassy in Paris, France, where she directed the FBI’s engagement in twenty-four countries, twenty-two of which were in Africa. After this five-year overseas assignment, she led the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, the largest in the United States, with representation from more than 50 local, state and federal agencies, overseeing the disruption of many terrorist plots, in the U.S., Africa, and Western Europe. A Global Ambassador with Vital Voices since 2013, Anderson has also served as a speaker and mentor in the Vital Voices signature program with the U.S. Department of State and Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women. She helped create a panel on “Barriers Women Face” for the G(irls) 20 Summit in Istanbul, Turkey and serves as mentor to G(irls) 20 delegates. Anderson works closely with several non-profit organizations within the U.S. and internationally focused on women and youth, serving as the Global Board Chair for the India-based Red Dot Foundation Global/Safecity and on the Boards of Project Liberation, the New England Arab American Organization, and Muhlenberg College’s Alumni Board. She is on the United States Comptroller General’s Advisory Board at the Government Accountability Office, and on the Advisory Boards of the Beyond Diversity (BD) Foundation in India and the The Uncondemned, a documentary detailing the first-ever prosecution of rape as a war crime, which premiered at the United Nations in October 2016. She is a former Director with the International Women’s Forum New York Chapter and a Lecturer with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Among many accolades from within and outside the government, she was the only FBI recipient of Legal Momentum’s Annual Public Sector Award, dedicated to ensuring economic and personal security for women and girls by advancing equity in education, the workplace and the courts. She was the first FBI agent selected as an International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellow and, in 2015, she was honored with Muhlenberg College’s prestigious Alumni Achievement Award. A sought-after public speaker and expert with the Women’s Media Center, Anderson provides commentary and insight for, and has been quoted by, numerous international and U.S television, radio, print and digital media outlets, among them ABC News, MSNBC, MPR, Al Jazeera, CCTV America, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Insider, Fox News, and Politico Magazine. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Senior Seminar, “Terrorism’s Growing Global Networks”, and Accord Ecole de Langues in Paris, she has professional certifications from the Harvard Business School, the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.