Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations & New York Times Best Selling Author
2020 Virtual SO/LIC
Lemmon, who serves as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, began writing about entrepreneurship in conflict and post-conflict zones while studying for her MBA at Harvard following a decade covering politics at the ABC News Political Unit. This work from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Liberia, Bosnia and beyond has been published by the World Bank, Harvard Business School, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and CNN, among others. Following MBA study, she led public policy analysis during the global financial crisis at the global investment firm PIMCO.
Lemmon is a frequent speaker on national security topics, including at the Aspen Security Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, and TED forums, and has given talks at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the National Infantry Museum. She regularly appears on MSNBC, CNN, PBS, and National Public Radio. Along with her national security work, she has reported and written extensively on topics including child marriage in the United States for PBS and on school choice, single moms and the power and importance of girls’ ambition for The Atlantic.
Lemmon holds an MBA from Harvard, as well as the 2006 Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship. In addition to her Bosch Fellowship in Germany, she served as a Fulbright scholar in Spain. She speaks Spanish, German and French, and is conversant in Dari.