Central Intelligence Agency Director William J. Burns announced today the appointment of Tammy Kupperman Thorp to lead CIA’s Office of Public Affairs. Thorp brings to the job an extensive background in two distinct fields, in journalism and past leadership positions within the Intelligence Community (IC). She assumed responsibility for internal and external communications for CIA effective May 10.
“I could not be prouder of the work and tireless dedication of the remarkable men and women of the CIA in service to our nation. While there are obvious limits to what we can share, I believe the public should understand the important contributions CIA officers make every day to keep Americans safe,” said Director Burns. “I am pleased Tammy has joined our team and look forward to her leadership in sharing stories of our workforce and global mission.”
Prior to joining CIA, Thorp had a distinguished career in journalism, covering defense, diplomacy, intelligence, international affairs, and the White House for nearly 17 years at NBC News before leading coverage of the Justice Department and Supreme Court for CNN for three years. Thorp also spent six years in the IC at the National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Most recently, she directed media relations for BAE Systems, Inc.
Director Burns added, “I’d like to thank Brittany Bramell Punaro for her service as Director of Public Affairs over the past several years and am delighted that she will continue to play an important role at the Agency.”