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Jorhena Thomas Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

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Degrees
MA, International Affairs

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Book Currently Reading
The 9 Types of Leadership (by Beatrice Chestnut)
Bio
Jorhena Thomas has dedicated her career to finding meaningful ways to improve, enhance, and transform security efforts at all levels. She has extensive experience in intelligence analysis and investigations, homeland security, emergency management exercises, critical infrastructure protection, strategic communication, and inter-organizational liaison at the international, national, and local levels. She has a particular interest in the study of disinformation and the integration of intelligence analysis principles into security work. Her background spans government, the private sector, and academia. Jorhena is currently CARE USA’s Regional Security Manager for the Americas. In this position, she works with a range of stakeholders to reduce the risks faced by CARE personnel, assets, and programs across CARE’s presences in the Americas (Latin America, the Caribbean, and domestic offices and programs in the US). Jorhena started her security career as an Intelligence Analyst and Program Manager for the FBI, where she worked international terrorism and criminal matters, as well as oversaw the FBI’s intelligence program in the Western Hemisphere. She went on to serve in a range of security-related positions, to include Deputy Director and Operations Manager at the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (the District of Columbia's intelligence fusion center), Chief of Staff to the District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, and Senior Risk Consultant with The Gate 15 Company. Jorhena has also worked closely with the National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing and Analysis Centers) and has served on the faculty in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies program at the University of the District of Columbia. She currently serves as a part time faculty member in the Applied Intelligence Program at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies and in the American University School of International Service and School of Public Affairs. Additionally, she serves as the Vice-President of the Washington DC Area Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education. She also writes, speaks, and consults on a range of security and intelligence matters throughout the US and abroad.
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Teaching

Fall 2021

  • JLC-694 Justice/Law/Criminology Pract: Countering Disinform/Digtl Age

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Area of Expertise

Intelligence; intelligence analysis; contemporary issues in intelligence work; including bias, diversity, and ethics; homeland security issues; disinformation

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Jorhena Thomas, adjunct professorial lecturer, is an expert in international affairs and intelligence. She has extensive experience in intelligence analysis, intelligence-led investigations, and homeland security. She serves as the Vice-President of the Washington, D.C. Area Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education. Prof. Thomas writes, speaks, and consults on a wide range of security and intelligence matters throughout the United States and abroad. Previously, Prof. Thomas served as the Principal of Wright Thomas International, a research and consulting firm; as the Chief of Staff to the District of Columbia Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice; as the Deputy Director and Operations Manager at the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (the District of Columbia's intelligence fusion center); and as a senior Intelligence Analyst and Program Manager with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she focused on international terrorism and criminal matters. At American University, she runs a practicum course on disinformation that focuses on helping U.S. Government entities address the evolving use of information warfare by nation states. Prof. Thomas can discuss issues related to intelligence, homeland security, terrorism, and disinformation in the context of the 2020 presidential campaign.

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To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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