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Laura Rosenberger

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'02 Sociology, Psychology, Women's Studies | Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy | Washington, D.C.
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Laura Rosenberger

Laura Rosenberger has created a policy blueprint for countering authoritarian interference in democracies. As the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Rosenberger focuses on an issue that has dominated headlines for the last two years—Russian interference in U.S. elections.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy is the GMF’s latest project and is intended to track foreign interference in democracies and serve as a hub for best practices in defending U.S. institutions. The alliance works with European partners and allies who have dealt with similar threats to develop defensive and deterrent strategies. They do this by sharing experiences—what works and what doesn’t—and joining forces in the first step to halting foreign efforts to undermine democracies and weaken countries.

Prior to her current role with the GMF, Rosenberger served as the foreign policy adviser to Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. The Pittsburgh native has had a successful career, holding positions within the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council.

“It's hard to choose one,” said Rosenberger in regard to her most notable career moments. “But the ones that stand out the most to me are ones where people's lives were on the line—whether it was refugees who I was involved in trying to save or being part of an effort to avert a genocide at the hands of ISIS.”

At Penn State, the Schreyer Scholar majored in sociology, psychology and women’s studies and went on to receive a master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service for international peace and conflict resolution.

Her liberal arts education has greatly impacted her career working in foreign policy. She said, “Two of the most important skills are critical thinking and writing, and my liberal arts education provided me with both of those.” Rosenberger tells current liberal arts students to “follow your passions and cast a wide net for opportunities—the best ones may be ones you don’t expect or even know exist.”

Her liberal arts education has given her the flexibility to excel in a variety of roles.

During Rosenberger’s time as an undergraduate, she served as a counselor/advocate at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. She was also involved in student government and numerous student groups focused on women’s rights.

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