Avril Haines was appointed the first female director of the U.S. National Intelligence Agency.
President-elect Joe Biden chose Avril Haines as his Director of National Intelligence on Monday. Avril Haines, 51, is known to have worked with Biden under President Barack Obama and led Biden’s national security and foreign policy transition team. She served as the White House deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the CIA. She was the first woman to hold both positions.
She will now be the first woman to lead America’s national intelligence team. In that role, she will oversee the National Intelligence Program, the National Security Council and advise the president.
Former CIA director John Brennan told NPR that Haynes is respected by many professionals in the intelligence community. Her career in the intelligence community spans over ten years, from the White House to the CIA, from the National Security Council to the State Department. He called her “smart, humble and with a legendary work ethic.