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Madelyn Creedon

Former Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense

Madelyn Creedon has had a long career in US government service, most recently as Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy, a position she held from 2014 to 2017. 18 She served in the Pentagon as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs from 2011 to 2014, overseeing policy development in the areas of missile defense, nuclear security, cybersecurity, and space. She served as counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services for many years, beginning in 1990; assignments and focus areas included the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces as well as threat reduction and nuclear nonproliferation. During that time, she also served as Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at the NNSA, Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy, and General Counsel for the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. She started her career as a trial attorney at the Department of Energy.

Following retirement from federal service in 2017, Madelyn established Green Marble Group, LLC, a consulting company and currently serves on a number of advisory boards related to national security. She is also a Research Professor at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. She holds a JD from St. Louis University School of Law, and a BA from the University of Evansville.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.