Kirsten Gnipp currently serves at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) as the Group Chief for Homeland and Prevention Planning. In this position, Kirsten coordinates strategy development and operational planning across the counterterrorism community, to include federal, state, local, private sector and foreign partners. Her primary efforts currently include improving coordination for terrorism prevention and non-kinetic activities in the United States with other departments and agencies. NCTC serves as the primary organization in the U.S. government for integrating and analyzing all intelligence pertaining to terrorism possessed or acquired by the U.S. government; serves as the central and shared knowledge bank on terrorism information; and provides all-source intelligence support to government-wide counterterrorism activities.
Throughout the past 20 years, Kirsten has enjoyed various positions in the national security field, including as the Executive Officer to the Chief Financial Officer of the Intelligence Community, multiple Branch Chief positions within NCTC and as a legislative fellow and senior advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-D). Prior to joining the federal government, Kirsten worked as a defense contractor supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, as well as offices in the Departments of State, Health and Human Services and Energy. Kirsten hold a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s from James Madison University. More importantly, she and her husband spend all their additional time trying not to screw up the three small people who call them “mom” and “dad.”