November 17, 2021
WASHINGTON D.C. - The Truman Center for National Policy welcomes Wendy R. Anderson, Senior Counselor at Palantir Technologies, to its Board of Advisors.
Recognized as one of the top 25 women in the United States to shape defense policy, Anderson is a known innovator, strategist, and trusted advisor. She brings more than two decades of national security expertise to senior leaders in government, the private sector, the entertainment industry, and academia.
“Wendy is a powerhouse. With national security policy experience at the highest levels of government, she’s a private sector leader who combines specialized knowledge of the world’s most cutting edge technologies together with an unparalleled understanding of how government works,” said Truman’s President & CEO, Jenna Ben-Yehuda. “Taken together with Wendy’s long affiliation with Truman, we’re thrilled she is joining our Board of Advisors to expand Truman Center’s reach at the intersection of advanced technologies and national security.”
Previously, Anderson was General Manager of defense and national security at SparkCognition, a global artificial intelligence company. She also served in key leadership roles during the Obama Administration in the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Commerce (DoC), including as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Chuck Hagel; Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Ash Carter; and Chief of Staff to Secretary Penny Pritzker. While at the DoD, Anderson was twice awarded the department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department’s highest civilian-service award.
From 2004 to 2010, she held senior positions in the U.S. Senate, as professional staff on both the US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“It has been my honor to have been involved with Truman in some way since its earliest days,” said Anderson. “Of all the organizations with which I’ve been privileged to be a part, the Truman Center is singularly unique for its ability to consistently convene an inclusive, diverse group of substantive, talented leaders, primed to proactively address the complex national security challenges of the 21st century.”
Anderson received her BA from Hendrix College and her MA from Harvard University. She has served as an executive producer on three films that chronicle the stories of American troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anderson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), on the Board of Directors of The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), and a Founding Member of CHIEF in Washington, D.C.