February 25, 2022


Leadership Council for Women in National Security Applauds Lindsay Rodman’s Service as Executive Director

Washington, D.C. – Lindsay Rodman is departing her role as LCWINS’ Executive Director at the end of this month after fulfilling her two-year commitment to the organization.

The LCWINS Executive Committee (ExCom) is deeply grateful for Lindsay’s leadership, her service to LCWINS, and the broader cause of gender parity in national security. As the first full-time Executive Director of LCWINS, Lindsay transformed the organization from an initial vision into an effective and respected advocate for women in the national security space.  She helped the ExCom set priorities, developed governance practices and operational processes, made key hires, marshaled a strategic plan process, and brought in critical funding and partnerships.

During Lindsay’s tenure, LCWINS developed a novel strategy for improving women’s representation in national security leadership. LCWINS compiled and handed over to the Biden-Harris Transition Team a database of more than 900 women who are well qualified and ready to serve in Senate-confirmed national security leadership positions. LCWINS also did significant outreach and education, including an innovative webinar series, to prepare women to engage with the appointments process. With LCWINS as a partner, the Administration has achieved historic levels of parity in senior national security roles.

LCWINS continues to track Presidential appointments to provide transparency and accountability as the Administration works to meet its pledge of striving for gender parity in senior national security appointments. In 2021, LCWINS completed a strategic planning process to expand its advocacy.

Lindsay’s passion and experience, her strategic vision, and her operational effectiveness will make it hard to replace her. LCWINS will be launching a search for her successor, to build on Lindsay’s work and advance the organization’s mission.

LCWINS wishes Lindsay all the best as she returns to her PhD studies full-time. She may be leaving the organization, but she’s not leaving the fight for parity.


The Leadership Council for Women in National Security improves national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity (including race, LGBTQ+, disability, and other forms) have fair representation at the decision-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance and sustain gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce.

For more information, contact: press@lcwins.org or visit https://www.lcwins.org