Susan Norwood


Susan Norwood is a career public servant with more than 30 years of service in the federal government, where she has led efforts in a broad portfolio of national security and energy programs. During her many years of service to the nation, she has developed a reputation for delivering results at the most senior levels in government and in some of the most challenging environments.

Norwood has extensive interagency and international experience working with individuals from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. She has served in senior positions with the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) international staff in Brussels, Belgium, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq during post-war reconstruction, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Norwood has led high profile delegations of nuclear security experts to some of the world’s most dangerous locales including Congo, Cameroon, Kenya and Yemen. She has served on the faculty of the National Defense University (NDU) as an assistant professor of Strategic Leadership at the NDU Eisenhower School. Norwood has been awarded for her outstanding communications, collaboration, and leadership skills and for her proven performance.

She holds advanced degrees in national security resource strategy from the NDU Industrial College of the Armed Forces and in systems engineering from The George Washington University. She has received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. Norwood was raised in a Navy family and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

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