Trying to Bring More Diversity to the NSA

Debora Plunkett is the senior adviser for equality at the National Security Agency, where she leads the organization's diversity efforts and best practices. She has spent more than three decades in government, holding leadership positions in NSA's signals intelligence and information assurance missions, and working on cybersecurity issues at the National Security Council during the administrations of presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

In this interview, Plunkett discusses the challenges of her job, lessons she has learned about leadership and her hobby as a genealogist. She spoke with me, a guest writer for On Leadership, a vice president at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and head of the organization's Center for Government Leadership. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Q. What are your priorities as NSA's senior adviser for equality?

A. We want to make opportunities available for a more diverse population and in our senior leadership positions at NSA.

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