Director of the Senate Innovation and Modernization effort for TechCongress
Leisel Bogan is the Director of the Senate Innovation and Modernization effort for TechCongress and an information technology and international policy leader whose work has focused on ensuring technology and policy promotes human rights, security, and innovation.
Prior to her current role, Leisel was a Research Fellow in the Technology and Public Purpose program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she focused on policy impact and disinformation, and, with Secretary Carter, explored how the U.S. government might mitigate digital harms. Before joining the TAPP Fellowship, she led the first Congressional Digital Service pilot fellowship for TechCongress with the House Select Committee on Modernization, which resulted in the creation of a permanent House Digital Services organization. In 2019-2020, she served as the Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity, Technology and National Security in the office of Senator Mark Warner.
Before her work in Congress, Leisel focused on global strategy for cybersecurity and technology transformation at the professional services firm, PwC. She has held two academic appointments at Stanford University as a Research Fellow where she researched cybersecurity and emerging technologies, international law, and national security, and exhibited work at the International Criminal Court. Previously, Leisel worked with senior advisors, engineering teams, and on special projects at Palantir Technologies, and at Warner Bros. Entertainment Leisel focused on new media technologies.
Leisel also served as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Chief of Staff and her Director of Research at Stanford University, and at the geopolitical consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates, LLC, she advised clients on technology, strategy, and emerging markets, with a particular focus on China, the EU and Russia. She has written for various publications, collaborated on two bestselling books, and has spoken at a DEFCON village, for the National Academy of Sciences, and has guest lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School for TAPP, Pepperdine University, Penn State Law, and Georgetown University. She holds a graduate degree from Pepperdine University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University. She was a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2016 Gabr Foundation Fellow. She began her career in television and print advertising at age five.