Executive Vice President, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Deborah was named executive vice president in 2010. Working with NTI’s president, she oversees the organization’s operations, development, and programs with an annual operating budget of nearly $20 million. She also led the successful development of Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS) as an independent, self-sustaining global network of regional disease surveillance groups, and continues to serve on its board as finance chair. Deborah also leads NTI’s work on all security issues related to China and travels there regularly to meet with government officials and nongovernmental organizations. In addition, she leads NTI’s Middle Eastern partnerships, with a focus in the Levant region, travelling regularly for programmatic work as well as speaking engagements on behalf of NTI.

Prior to NTI, Deborah was vice president of the international consulting firm The Cohen Group and served for 12 years in senior positions with the US Department of Defense in the areas of homeland defense, peacekeeping operations and support, nuclear forces, and counter-proliferation policy. While at the Defense Department, she represented the United States as negotiator with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on multiyear bilateral negotiations around its nuclear program. Rosenblum holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College.

I am most excited to work on projects that… allow me to learn about things that I know nothing about.

I am looking for partners that can help me… to innovate thinking in the threat reduction field.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when former President Obama embraced the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… are those that bring new people to the field.