Maggie Feldman-Piltch is the Founder and Managing Director of #NatSecGirlSquad, a social impact consulting company and professional development community for people committed to competent diversity in the national security apparatus. #NSGS occupies both a macro and a micro-niche in the national security and defense community, providing technical assistance to federal agencies on recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse workforce, while reinforcing confidence among individual members through professional events, development programming, and coordinated networks of support.
Maggie is an operational and strategic virtuoso, having previously served as the Chief of Staff to nearly 100 retired senior officers at American Security Project where she led the organization’s on-going US-Cuba Program and its 2017 Track II Dialogue between American senior officers and their counterparts in Havana. She also championed the Women in Security Leadership Initiative (WiSe) at ASP and hosted the organization’s weekly podcast series “What’s Next?”
Maggie earned degrees from both Wesleyan University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program. While at Georgetown, Maggie sought a community of women in the field to offer mentorship. Unsatisfied with the limited networks she found, Maggie launched #NatSecGirlSquad. With Maggie’s diligent leadership, #NatSecGirlSquad has grown into a community of ~13,000 members sharing the common and non-political goal of urging institutions to recognize a burgeoning multi-gendered, intergenerational, and capable workforce.
Maggie is also a professional opera singer, earning her Advanced Diploma in opera performance from The Levine School of Music’s partnership with the Royal Academy of Music.