Florida's Chief Resilience Officer
Dr. Julia Nesheiwat is the Chief Resilience Officer for the state of Florida. She has served with the U.S. Army with prior experience in environment, energy and national security matters. Immediately after the September 11 attacks, Dr. Nesheiwat served consecutive combat tours for which she was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as a U.S. Army military intelligence officer. She subsequently served at senior levels on a White House commission, in the Director of National Intelligence, and in numerous senior economic and national security roles in the State Department.
Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she managed the integration and collaboration of analysis and reporting with all intelligence agencies. Prior to that role, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, leading the North Korea and Iran policy steering committee from 2004-2005.
Dr. Nesheiwat was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Governing Advisory Council for the World Economic Forum. She earned a Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan; an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and a B.A. in religious studies and sociology from Stetson University in Florida. She speaks fluent Arabic and Japanese.