Areas of Focus:
National Security and Cybersecurity
Civil Liberties and Internet Privacy
Homeland Security and Terrorism
Immigration Law and Policy
Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and National Security Council Legal Adviser during Obama Administration
Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Chief Counsel for National Security for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Legal Advisor during Clinton Administration
Special Counsel to the General Counsel at U.S. Department of Defense
In addition to serving as a senior advisor to The Chertoff Group, Mary DeRosa is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law School, where she focuses on national security law and teaches courses on national security and cyber security.
Previously, Ms. DeRosa served as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and National Security Council Legal Adviser in the Obama Administration. She has also served in an ambassador-level position at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (U.N.) as Alternate Representative of the United States to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly. Before her work at the U.S. Mission to the U.N., she worked as Chief Counsel for National Security for the Senate Judiciary Committee, working directly for the Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy; Senior Fellow for Technology and Public Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Legal Advisor and earlier as Deputy Legal Adviser during the Clinton Administration; and Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Earlier in her career, Ms. DeRosa was a lawyer at the Arnold & Porter law firm and a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Cardamone, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. DeRosa received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree from George Washington Law School. She currently serves as Chair of the Central Intelligence Agency's Legal Advisory Board.