Third Way Appoints Hill Veteran Valerie Shen as Vice President of National Security Program
WASHINGTON - Third Way today announced that Valerie Shen, a deeply respected national security expert with more than a decade of Senate, House, and administration experience, will be joining Third Way as Vice President of the National Security Program.
“We are delighted to welcome Valerie Shen to lead our National Security Program,” said Third Way President Jon Cowan. “Valerie is an incredibly talented and highly regarded policy professional, who brings a wealth of knowledge to Third Way, especially on our program’s main areas of focus: cybersecurity, China, and congressional impact on national security policy. In her many roles over the years, she has led investigations, briefed top leaders, and broken new policy ground. Our National Security program has had a remarkable run, and we are excited for Valerie to lead us on a new and exciting course for the future.”
Shen comes to Third Way after serving as Investigative Counsel on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to that, Shen served under the late-Rep. Elijah Cummings as Counsel, then Chief National Security Counsel and Chief Counsel on the House Oversight Committee from 2013 to 2020. Shen also worked in the Obama White House and the Department of Justice.
“Valerie is a talented investigator and was an asset to our team,” said U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “Third Way is lucky to have her, and I am confident she will bring her expertise and dedication to her new role leading their National Security Program.”
Shen replaces Mieke Eoyang, Third Way’s former Senior Vice President of the National Security Program, who recently joined the Biden Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. As a result of Eoyang’s leadership, Third Way’s cyber enforcement strategy has largely been adopted by the Biden Administration, and members of Third Way’s previous national security team have been hired to serve in senior positions throughout the Administration and Congress.