Randy Pearson is a national security professional with over fifteen years of foreign affairs, defense policy, and intelligence experience. He began his civil service career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State advancing nuclear safety policy with European partners throughout the former Soviet Union, and serving on detailed assignments to the Department's China Desk, and to the Pentagon's Cooperative Threat Reduction Policy Office. He then transferred to the Department of Defense becoming responsible for defense programs, bilateral working groups, and ministerials with Caribbean and Central American states, as well as Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he became responsible for screening, assessments, and recommendations regarding enemy combatants detained in the global war on terror in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Randy accepted promotion to senior intelligence advisor in the Joint Staff's war on terrorism directorate where he was responsible for the national level review of the Army's revised interrogation manual, detainee repatriation, and various special access programs. Following his time at the Pentagon, Randy accepted a position with the Central Intelligence Agency advising and producing a range of products on foreign intelligence services and global terrorist organizations for senior decision makers. Randy currently serves as the primary advisor for counter threat finance efforts at U.S. Northern Command, and is a recognized expert in the community.
He was a military intelligence officer with prior enlisted service in the United States Army. He extends his professional experience into academia by conducting research and instructing graduate studies of interagency relationships, infrastructure protection, counternarcotics, and organized crime. Randy earned his masters degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, a bachelors of science in economics, and a bachelors of science in political science from the University of Utah.