October 25, 2022
Washington, D.C. – WestExec Advisors announced today that Emily Horne has joined the firm’s team as Senior Advisor. As Senior Advisor, Emily will help WestExec clients develop strategic communication plans focused on national security and emerging technology issues.
Emily is a veteran communications and national security strategist who has served in senior U.S. government, technology, and academic roles for over 15 years. She is currently the founder and CEO of Allegro Public Affairs LLC, a strategic communications, issues management, and foreign policy consultancy. Emily was the first Special Assistant to the President, Spokesperson, and Senior Director for Press at the National Security Council in the Biden Administration, where she led White House and interagency communications strategies and media engagement on all foreign policy and national security issues. Emily joined the NSC from the Biden-Harris transition team, where she led communications for the successful confirmations of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Emily was previously Vice President of Communications at the Brookings Institution, where she oversaw the Brookings Press. Emily joined Brookings from Twitter, where she led global policy communications. She spent nearly a decade as a career civil servant at the State Department, where she held a variety of roles including communications director for the Obama Administration’s counter-ISIS efforts and spokesperson for South and Central Asian Affairs. She has been an adjunct professor of media and foreign policy at American University and is a frequent public speaker on media and politics, disinformation, social media and emerging technology, and national security issues. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Emily holds a BA and MA in History from The George Washington University.
Sergio Aguirre, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec said, “We are so excited to add Emily to the growing WestExec team. Emily’s experience as a communications and national security professional further differentiates WestExec’s geopolitical risk and strategy offerings. Emily is already providing key insights to our client base on a host of complex issues, including by helping craft a strong, tailored narrative for clients to help achieve business wins.”