Aiste Ray is the team lead for the Outreach and Engagement Unit at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), Department of State where she is tasked with developing and sustaining OSAC’s Country Council program and industry-specific outreach, to include OSAC’s sector-specific working groups and regional councils.
Prior to joining OSAC, Ms. Ray worked for a top government consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), where she supported clients such as the Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection, and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). While at BAH, Ms. Ray co-authored the Information Sharing Strategy for NNSA and led various government initiatives, including overseeing the White House Fusion Center Subcommittee.
Ms. Ray’s other accomplishments include completing a nonproliferation graduate fellowship at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of the Second Line of Defense, and serving as a chief operating officer at the Truman National Security Project, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the project's 501c4 arm and helped build the grant writing capacity of their 501c3, the Truman National Security Educational Institute. Prior to her tenure at the Truman Project, Ms. Ray interned for Rep. Albert Wynn on Capitol Hill and served for four years in the U.S. Army as an automated logistical specialist, including service in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Aiste Ray has a master's in political science and a bachelor's degree in global affairs with minors in information technology and conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.