Senior Managing Director, Ankura Consulting Group, Former Division Chief in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Former White House Intelligence Briefer
Michelle DiGruttolo is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group based in Washington, DC, where she brings more than 23 years of experience in geopolitical threat analysis and national security. Ms. DiGruttolo leads the geopolitical advisory practice. She leverages her analytical tradecraft to help firms navigate the complex nuances of frontier and emerging markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and identify risks and opportunities in those regions.
Ms. DiGruttolo, an Army veteran and former White House Intelligence Briefer, has over 2 decades of experience identifying geopolitical risks and providing guidance and intelligence to executive decision makers. Her past experience includes working as a Strategic Planner for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions segment and 22 years of service in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
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.
Ms. DiGruttolo received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2016. She received a Masters in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012. She received her commission in 1992 from Florida State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate. Initially commissioned as a tactical intelligence officer, she cross-trained as a Latin America Foreign Area Officer and later became a Strategic Intelligence Officer. Her overseas assignments included tours in Panama, Venezuela, El Salvador, South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan where she served as a watch officer, intelligence analyst, attaché, collection manager, commander, executive officer, and operations officer.