The Only Latina in the Room

Female Representation in National Security

The Only Latinas in the Room event

Latina and Hispanic women continue to succeed and shine in the professional environment, yet they are still underrepresented in the national and international security space. According to Fabiana Sofia Perera, Latina and Hispanic women represent less than 1% of the National Security leadership. Join us for a panel discussion on representation and equity, followed by opportunities to network with Latina leaders and national security professionals!

Tahina Montoya is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Multi-lingual, International Affairs Strategist & Women, Peace and Security Expert working at the tactical, operational and strategic levels within the Continental United States (CONUS) and Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS). She is a Political/Military analyst in the Air Force Reserves and Doctoral student at Georgetown University.

Leonor Tomero is the Commissioner at the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense. For over a decade, she was House Armed Services Committee Democratic professional staff lead for nuclear deterrence, nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, military space, and missile defense. 

Fabiana Sofia Perera is an Associate Professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Prior to joining the Perry Center, Fabiana was a Rosenthal Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy, Western Hemisphere Affairs. 

Maj. Gen. Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall is the Director of Operations at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.