With over 23 years of experience in geopolitical threat analysis and national security, as well as an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Master’s in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Ms. DiGruttolo originally joined IWP as a student in 2016.
“Michelle is a dynamic, highly experienced retired Intelligence Officer with significant policy experience,” commented IWP Professor David Thomas, who teaches intelligence at IWP full time, and has taught Military Intelligence and Modern Warfare in the past. “She will be an excellent role model for IWP students, especially for women entering the intelligence field.”
Ms. DiGruttolo’s current work with Ankura focuses on helping firms navigate the complex nuances of frontier and emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and identifying risks and opportunities in those regions.
Prior to joining Ankura, from November 2012 to May 2014, Ms. DiGruttolo served as Division Chief in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she directed the analysis and production of strategic and operational intelligence for senior defense executives and decision makers.
From January through November 2012, Ms. DiGruttolo served in the Office of the Director of U.S. National Intelligence as the White House daily intelligence briefer for President Barack Obama. In this role, she produced and personally delivered daily national security intelligence updates to the President and former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew. She traveled with the President to provide intelligence support and produce current intelligence updates on the road. Ms. DiGruttolo served as Executive Coordinator of the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief (PDB), responsible for daily interagency coordination, production, and presentation of the PDB to the President’s National Security Staff and his Cabinet-level Advisors. Ms. DiGruttolo served as Branch Chief at the Pentagon in 2010-2011, where she supervised the production and dissemination of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Daily Intelligence Briefing. She delivered over 1,000 intelligence reports on behalf of the Joint Staff Director of Intelligence for presentation to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In her military career, Ms. DiGruttolo held various intelligence roles of vital importance to national security. In her capacity as a strategic intelligence officer, she developed subject matter expertise in a number of areas that include counternarcotics, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and counter threat finance.
The course that Ms. DiGruttolo will teach this fall covers the role and importance of military intelligence in modern warfare and is designed to familiarize the student with key sources, components, and methods of modern military intelligence, including U.S. and foreign approaches.
As IWP Dean Mackubin Owens observed, “We are very pleased to welcome her to the team.”