Neil Noronha is excited to join the Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) as a foreign policy and defense aide. Prior to starting the APAICS fellowship, Neil completed a 1-year fellowship abroad in New Delhi, India as part of the Henry Luce Scholars Program. There, he worked at Carnegie India as a visiting scholar, researching how the Indian government combats various transnational security threats, to include money laundering and disaster management. He has published with Carnegie India, The Print, The Diplomat, and Seminar Magazine.
Previously, he spent two and half years in the Federal government as part of the Obama Administration. From December 2015 to January 2017, Neil was the Special Assistant to the Senior Director for Response Policy on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House. He oversaw the presidential approval process for declaring severe domestic incidents as major disasters or emergencies under the Robert T. Stafford Act. Additionally, he served as a duty officer within the Response Policy Directorate, working with the White House Situation Room to inform senior NSC staff and White House principals, including the President, about severe domestic incidents, their impact on local populations, and the U.S. government response.
Before joining the NSC staff, Neil was at the Department of Defense as one of its youngest political appointees hired under the Obama Administration. Under the Defense Fellows Program, Neil served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, where he served as the Assistant Secretary’s principal speechwriter and handled special projects related to counterterrorism, humanitarian affairs, and counternarcotics. Additionally, Neil was an Action Officer within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, where he covered issues related to defense cover and human intelligence activities.
Obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and his master’s degree in Security Studies, both from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Neil has interned at various Federal agencies and departments, a think tank, and a financial services company. He is passionate about solving transnational threats, such as terrorism, organized crime, climate change, and natural disasters, through economic policy and instruments. Having grown up in the Washington D.C. area, Neil, a 2010 alumnus of Gonzaga College High School, is an avid basketball and football fan, consistently rooting for the Baltimore Ravens and Georgetown Hoyas.