Luis Rueda

Professor; Independent Contractor; Former Senior Intelligence Officer

Professional Experience

Luis Rueda is a Senior Intelligence Officer with 28 years experience in the Central Intelligence Agency's Clandestine Service.  He has served domestically and abroad with numerous assignments in Latin America and the Middle East and senior management positions in Washington. He has given operational briefs to senior administration officials, including the President of the United States, and is an expert in the fields of Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics.

Currently an independent contractor, Mr. Rueda has worked on counterintelligence issues with Centra Technology, directed intelligence collection and covert action activities with the National Clandestine Service (formerly known as the Directorate of Opeartions), and has served as Senior Visiting Professor for National Security Affairs, University of Miami.

He has received numerous awards from the CIA, including the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, four Exceptional Performance Awards, a Special Achievement Award, and a Directorate of Operations Manager of the Year Award. He has appeared as a guest commentator on PBS News Hour, MSNBC, British ITN, and Telemundo.


Mr. Rueda holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Fordham University and has completed the Federal Executive Fellowship Program at Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.