Marisa Porges is Head of The Baldwin School, a 130-year-old all girls’ school outside of Philadelphia known for academic excellence and for preparing young women as future leaders. Before joining Baldwin, she was a leading national security expert in the U.S. government and academia. Most recently, Marisa worked at the White House as a senior policy advisor and White House Fellow at the National Economic Council, handling cybersecurity and technology policy. She also served as a counterterrorism policy advisor in both the Obama and Bush Administrations. Marisa began her career serving in the U.S Navy, as a naval flight officer flying the EA-6B Prowler.
Marisa has been published widely, including by the New York Times, New Yorker, and Foreign Affairs. She received her doctorate from King’s College London, master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and bachelor’s degree from Harvard – and she is an alumna of The Baldwin School.
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