Former Assistant Director for Research and Technology Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Until recently, Linda S. Lourie was the Assistant Director for Research and Technology Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role, she served as the OSTP Assistant Secretary-equivalent member on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), advised on export controls and other foreign investments in emerging and foundational technology, intellectual property, and technology transfer matters, and led efforts to implement the National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM)-33 on a National Security Strategy for U.S. Government-supported Research and Development. She also spearheaded the innovation component of the Australian-UK-U.S. security pact (AUKUS).
Prior to this position, Linda was the Associate General Counsel (Acquisitions and Logistics) in the U.S. Department of Defense. In that role, she provided legal guidance on a range of issues related to CFIUS, Defense Production Act COVID-19 response, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, and international acquisition matters.
Linda previously served as the General Counsel of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a DoD office that accelerates the procurement of commercial technology to DoD, where she advised a team of military and civilian personnel on acquisition, intellectual property, export controls, international, and ethics matters in Silicon Valley, Boston, and Austin.
Linda has also served as DoD Associate General Counsel (International Affairs), where she was responsible for international intellectual property issues and legal aspects of European and NATO Affairs, Rule of Law, and defense trade; as the first Director for Rule of Law at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; at the White House on the Presidential Task Force on Export Control Reform; at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland; private law firms; and early in her career was a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Linda received her A.B. cum laude in Fine Arts from Harvard University, her M.A. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in Medieval Islamic Art History, and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an ex-officio member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and has received numerous awards for her government service, including the prestigious Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.