Tressa Guenov


Tressa Guenov served most recently as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for Legislative Affairs (LA) and, prior to that, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for LA.  As A/ASD, Tressa was a direct report to the Secretary of Defense and managed the full range of strategies and activities for the Department of Defense in its interactions with Congress.  Previously, Tressa was a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) where she was responsible for Middle East/North Africa issues and served as the designee to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).  From 2009-2011, Tressa was the Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Tressa also worked for five years in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSDP) as a Country Director for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, helping to negotiate bilateral transit agreements in support of the northern U.S. military supply lines into Afghanistan.  She was also a special assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in OUSDP and the State Department.  Before entering government, she worked in several roles at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  Tressa holds masters degrees from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) and Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Oregon.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is a Truman National Security Fellow and was a fellow in the inaugural class of the Woodrow Wilson Foreign Policy Fellowship.