Marisa Porges, Ph.D., Head of School

Named to her position in the winter of 2015, in July 2016 Baldwin alumna, Marisa Porges, Ph.D., began her tenure as The Baldwin School’s eighth Head of School and was ceremoniously installed to her position on September 9, 2016. Click here to see all of the photos and videos from the installation ceremony.

Dr. Porges, a 1996 graduate of The Baldwin School, most recently served at the White House, as White House Fellow to the National Economic Council. As a senior advisor for cybersecurity and technology policy, she directed efforts to expand Internet access in public housing and helped launch the President’s Buy Secure cybersecurity and consumer protection initiative. 

Prior to joining the White House, Dr. Porges was an International Security Program Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In these roles, she traveled throughout the Middle East and in Afghanistan, conducting research on counterterrorism—including interviews with former members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban, and Syrian rebel fighters, to better understand their perspectives. She also served as a counterterrorism policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Treasury and in the U.S. Department of Defense, and on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy.

Dr. Porges, a native of Penn Valley, PA, holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate from King’s College London. Her awards include the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 21st Century Leader Award and the NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan. Her writings have been published by The New York TimesThe New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and other top-tier outlets, and she has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, and Al Jazeera.

View a collection of video messages from Dr. Porges.

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