David Stiefel is concurrently a National Security Policy Analyst with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Homeland Security (OHS), a PhD Candidate at the University of Virginia in the doctoral program for Foreign Affairs; majoring in International Relations, adjunct faculty at Georgetown University within Biomedical Graduate Education, and adjunct faculty at William & Mary. David earned his BS in Geology & Environmental Sciences, Media Arts & Design, and Jazz Studies from James Madison University (’07). David then worked as an Environmental Consultant for two years in Charlottesville, VA. David left that job to own and tour full time in a band, which he did for the next five years. After charting on Billboard with his band, David pursued a MS from Georgetown University in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Disease (’15). Upon graduation, David began working in Lorton, VA as a Defense Contractor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – focusing on Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction Systems/Technology and supporting the Autonomy Community of Interest. While at DTRA, David became a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship. David began working for USDA as a Presidential Management Fellow, first at the Natural Resources Conservation Service and subsequently for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination. With USDA, David is currently a National Security Policy Analyst with a portfolio including Agroterrorism, Bio-defense/security, Critical Infrastructure Security, Global Health, Multilateral Weapons Conventions, etc. For his PhD, David is researching the taboo against biological weapons.