Virginia Bennett
Senior Director, International Programs


Virginia Bennett is a foreign policy expert with broad geographic and programmatic experience and is the Senior Director, International Programs in the Institute for Public Research.

Before joining CNA, Bennett was Acting Assistant Secretary of State and Principal Deputy for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2014-2017. Prior to 2014, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassy in Athens, Greece, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department, and at US embassies in Bogotá, Colombia; Tokyo, Japan; and Manila, Philippines. She also served at the US Mission to the United Nations from 2002-2005 and in the Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, as well as in the Department's Operations and Crisis Management Center. She held the Foreign Service rank of Minister Counselor.

Bennett holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Cornell University's Johnson School and a B.A. in French and English Literature from Wellesley College. She speaks Japanese, French, and Spanish, and has limited Greek capability.