Michelle Van Cleave

Michelle Van Cleave

President, NSC-Inc.
Former National Counterintelligence Executive

Michelle Van Cleave served as the National Counterintelligence Executive under President George W. Bush. As the head of U.S. counterintelligence, she was responsible for providing strategic direction to and ensuring the integration of counterintelligence activities across the federal government. She has also held senior staff positions in the Congress (including staff director, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information; Minority Counsel, House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and professional staff member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations), at the Pentagon working homeland defense policy in the aftermath of 9/11, and in the White House Science Office, where she served as Assistant Director and General Counsel under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

A lawyer and consultant in private life, she is a also a principal with the Jack Kemp Foundation, helping to establish and manage programs to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders