Ellen Laipson is the Director of the Master's in International Security degree program and the Center for Security Policy Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Professor Laipson joins George Mason University after a distinguished 25 year career in government and as President and CEO of the Stimson Center (2002-2015).
Ellen Laipson serves on a number of academic and other non-governmental boards related to international security and diplomacy, and is a columnist for worldpoliticsreview.com. Her last post in government was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). Laipson also served on the State Department's policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff, and the Congressional Research Service. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she serves on the Advisory Councils of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She served on the board of the Asia Foundation (2003-2015) and the Council of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (2009-2019). She was a member of the CIA External Advisory Panel from 2006-2009, President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009-2013, and on the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011-2014. Laipson has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.