Biography

Ms. Kathleen Butler (Kasey) spent her 22-year career in various National Security and Intelligence positions ranging from Congressional Affairs, Public Affairs/Strategic Communications, International Relations, and budgeting.

She currently serves as the Functional Intelligence Group Chief for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Legislative Affairs. There she manages a team of legislative liaisons and various portfolios to prepare clients for Congressional hearings, briefings, and correspondence. Cybersecurity, Space, Counter Terrorism, Foreign Malign Influence, Artificial Intelligence, and Financial Intelligence are some of the portfolios her team covers.

On her second deployment (2018-2020) to Kabul, Afghanistan, Ms. Butler served at Resolute Support (RS) HQ as a senior advisor to the Afghan National Security Council and subsequently managed a team of analysts focused on Afghan Governance and the Peace and Reconciliation process. There she worked closely with Afghan government officials, NATO partners, and the diplomatic community.

From 2015-2017, Ms. Butler served at RS HQ, in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Director, Ministry of Finance (MoF) & International Engagements. She led a team of international advisors to support the Afghan MoF & International Engagements. She worked closely with Afghan counterparts on budget reconciliations, taxation, customs, and special projects. Her team managed the Oversight Coordination Body - consisting of 30+ NATO & non-NATO countries - by collaborating with country counselors, facilitating regular meetings, shaping agendas, and information sharing. She was the US representative on the Law and Order Trust fund, an international board of 20 NATO & non-NATO countries to oversee donor funds for the Afghan National Police.

Due to her lengthy experience working with Congress, she took a second job in November 2016 as the Director, Legislative Affairs for the RS Commanding General. In that role she developed, managed, and directed a congressional strategy to achieve the Commanders budget and messaging goals. She managed all Congressional matters to include testimony preparation, Member and Staffer visits, correspondence, questions for the record and all requests coming from Members of Congress and their Staffs.

Prior to that, Ms. Butler was the Chief of Media Relations at ODNI. She worked closely with Washington journalists and led strategic messaging. Ms. Butler led public affairs for the White House Hostage Policy review group in 2015. She developed the media posture plan and worked closely with the interagency to ensure unity of messaging. President Obama signed the new hostage policy in June 2015.

From 2013-2014, Ms. Butler attended the Brookings Institute Legis Fellows Program and spent a year working for Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. She managed the two largest accounts, Defense and Military Construction. She wrote congressional speeches, hearing preparation material, and drafted legislation for the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Prior to that she spent over eight years working as a Congressional Liaison for the ODNI, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Army. Ms. Butler is adept at preparing seniors for congressional testimony and briefings and has led hundreds of congressional engagements.

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