Wendy R. Anderson

General Manager of
Defense & National Security

About Wendy R. Anderson

Wendy R. Anderson is the General Manager of Defense & National Security, at SparkCognition. In her current role, Anderson is responsible for leading the company’s growing defense and government efforts.

Anderson is a highly experienced, widely recognized national security expert with extensive knowledge on government operations and innovative applications in the defense sector. Recognized as one of the top 25 women in the U.S. to shape defense policy, Wendy R. Anderson brings 20 years of experience in national and international security, foreign policy, and intelligence to her position at SparkCognition.

Anderson served in the Obama administration in key leadership positions in the Departments of Defense and Commerce: Deputy Chief of Staff to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Previously, she held senior positions in the U.S. Senate, on both the Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees.

Anderson’s work and thought leadership have been featured in outlets such as CNN, Defense One, Foreign Policy, POLITICO, National Public Radio, ABC News, Fox News, and the Royal United Services Institute’s Newsbrief, among others.

Anderson was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Department’s highest civilian service award. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, Anderson specializes in defense tech and innovation. Anderson is a partner at Strong Eagle Media; an adjunct Senior Fellow in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the board of Team Rubicon Global and on the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Hendrix College.