Samantha Pitts-Kiefer

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Samantha Pitts-Kiefer
Director, Global Nuclear Policy Program
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Samantha Pitts-Kiefer joined NTI in June 2012 and serves as the Director of the Global Nuclear Policy Program. At NTI, she has helped lead two major projects: the NTI Nuclear Security Index and the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities. In May 2012, Pitts-Kiefer completed an MPA degree at the Harvard Kennedy School where she focused on foreign policy and national security. At the Kennedy School, she worked as Dr. Graham Allison’s course assistant and received the Donald K. Price Award for academic excellence and community service. She also served as a research assistant for David Sanger on his book “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,” providing research and writing support for chapters on President Obama’s policies on nuclear security and Iran, Pakistan’s nuclear program, and drone warfare. Prior to attending the Kennedy School, Pitts-Kiefer practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pitts-Kiefer is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, she holds a BA from St. Olaf College and a JD from Villanova University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.