Lea Gabrielle was a Diplomat, Clandestine Human Intelligence Operative, U.S. Navy FA-18C Fighter Pilot, U.S. Navy Program Director, and national television news correspondent and anchor. Most recently, she led the U.S. Government’s efforts to counter foreign disinformation and propaganda using advanced technology capabilities as the U.S. Special Envoy for Global Engagement at the Department of State.
While serving in the U.S. Intelligence Community, Ms. Gabrielle was a CIA-trained Human Intelligence Operations Officer, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). She directed and conducted global clandestine strategic intelligence collection operations. Ms. Gabrielle also deployed in tactical anti-terrorist operations in hostile environments with Naval Special Warfare (SEALs), conducting independent operations in support of Tier One Forces. Ms. Gabrielle later served as Director of a U.S. Navy sensitive intelligence program.
Prior to becoming an intelligence operations officer, Ms. Gabrielle was a Defense Foreign Liaison Officer for the Office of International Engagements, DIA. In this foreign diplomacy role, Ms. Gabrielle was a Department of Defense principal contact with foreign Defense Attachés, organizing international military cooperation and information-sharing operations between these attachés and U.S. Government leaders.
Ms. Gabrielle began her public service in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft carrier-based F/A-18C fighter pilot, flying combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq in Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. After 12 years of active duty service, Ms. Gabrielle became a television news journalist at NBC News, and later served as a correspondent and anchor for the FOX News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Ms. Gabrielle is a U.S. Naval Academy Graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has maintained her commercial pilot’s license and instrument rating for 20+ years and enjoys flying her personalized DA-40. She is also an avid kitesurfer and downhill skier.