Jami Miscik

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Jami Miscik
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Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Assumed office
August 29, 2014
Serving with Shirley Jackson
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by David Boren (2013)
Chuck Hagel
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Pepperdine University (BA)
University of Denver (MA)

Judith A. "Jami" Miscik rose from the analytic ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency to become Deputy Director for Intelligence, the Agency's seniormost analytic post. In 2005 she left CIA to become Global Head of Sovereign Risk for the now-bankrupt financial services firm Lehman Brothers. Miscik is currently President and Vice-Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc. in New York. On December 23, 2009, Ms. Miscik was appointed to President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board.[1]

Agency career

Jami Miscik began her CIA career in 1983 as an economic analyst, working on Third World debt and the analysis of political instability before leading Directorate of Intelligence analytic programs on economic competitiveness and civil technologies. From 1995 to 1996 she was seconded to the National Security Council as Director for Intelligence Programs, where she had oversight responsibility for covert action programs and special reconnaissance missions. From 1996 to 1997 she was Executive Assistant to George Tenet, who in July 1997 was sworn in as Director after having served two years as Deputy Director. In January 1998 Miscik became the Deputy Director of the Nonproliferation Center and in January 1999 Director of Transnational Issues.[2] Between 2002 and 2005 Miscik served as the CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence, during which time she was responsible for all CIA analysis and for preparation of the President's Daily Brief, an exclusive intelligence compilation that goes only to the President and select senior members of his national security team.[3] During the run-up to the Iraq War she was one of a number of CIA officials who pushed back against the efforts to link Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda. In January 2003 she threatened to resign in protest of the pressure exerted by Scooter Libby, then the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.[4] In February 2005, she joined the exodus of senior CIA officials that followed the arrival of Porter Goss as Director of Central Intelligence.[3]

After Intelligence

Miscik joined Lehman Brothers in June 2005,[5] where she served as Global Head of Sovereign Risk and was the subject of a flattering profile in Fortune magazine.[6] Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September, 2008, she remained briefly with Barclays,[7] which had bought what remained of Lehman. With the victory of Barack Obama in the November 2008 presidential election, Miscik returned to Washington for a short stint, working on the intelligence transition.[7][8] In January, 2009, she was named Vice-Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc.[9]

Background and Public Service

Miscik was born in Chicago and grew up in Redondo Beach, California. She received her B.A. with honors from Pepperdine University in Political Science and Economics in 1980 and an M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1982.[10] She serves on the boards of EMC Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Pivotal Labs, In-Q-Tel [9], the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Ditchley Foundation.[11]


  1. ^ "President Obama Announces Members of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board" (Press release). Office of the Press Secretary. 2009-12-23. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ [1] Speaker Biography - Jami Miscik. Milken Institute, 2004.
  3. ^ a b Jehl, Douglas (December 29, 2004). "Director of Analysis at C.I.A. Is the Latest to Be Forced Out". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Baker, Peter (2013). Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House. New York: Doubleday. p. 319. 
  5. ^ [2] Jami Miscik - LinkedIn profile.
  6. ^ [3] Sellers, P: Jami Miscik- A Spy Goes To Wall Street, Fortune magazine, July 11, 2007.
  7. ^ a b [4] Seller, P:Lehman Brothers Presidential Connections, Fortune magazine, November 25, 2008.
  8. ^ [5] Gorman, S: Intelligence Policy to Stay Largely Intact, Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2008.
  9. ^ [6] Sellers, P: This Week: Moves at BofA, Best Buy, and Beyond January 23, 2009.
  10. ^ [7]Press Release: DCI Announces Key Personnel Appointments, May 22, 2002.
  11. ^ [8] Jami Miscik - Council on Foreign Relations Bio.

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Government offices
Title last held by
David Boren
Chuck Hagel
Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board
Served alongside: Shirley Jackson
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