Tracy Walder earned her degree in history from the University of Southern California and her Master's in Education from Chapman University. From 2000 - 2004, Tracy worked as Staff Operations Officer (SOO) at the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center Weapons of Mass Destruction Group. During her time at the CIA, Tracy travelled to Afghanistan, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Morocco, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, and England. During this time Tracy received many awards for her service from both the CIA and from foreign intelligence offices as well. Among her awards were four Exceptional Performance Awards from the Director of the CIA, two Special Activity Awards, a Meritorious Unit Citation Award, a DCI Counterterrorism Center Medal, and two Operation Enduring Freedom Targeting Awards. After the CIA, Tracy became a Special Agent at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office specializing in Chinese counterintelligence operations. Tracy has done a TED talk and is a sought after public speaker through the World Affairs Council. Following her time at the CIA and FBI, Tracy enrolled in both a master's and a teaching credential program, receiving the award for student of the year. Tracy began teaching high school history in 2007. Currently she teaches AP US History, AP Comparative Government, and a self-created course on espionage and foreign affairs at an all-girls school in Dallas, Texas.