Areas of Expertise
Tracy is available for both consulting and speaking engagements, with notable expertise in the following areas:
- Intelligence, clandestine operations
- Security, counterterrorism
- Political issues, international business
- Diversity, avoiding bias
Tracy Walder is one of the few women to serve in both the Directorate of Operations at the CIA and as a Special Agent at the FBI. Tracy has amazing stories to share and lessons learned from working in Special Ops during the 9/11 era, including frequent meetings with President George W. Bush, Colin Powell's use of Tracy's chart to start the Iraq war, and hunting terrorists around world using aliases while on the job.
From 2000 to 2004, Tracy served the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center Weapons of Mass Destruction Group, followed by the FBI's Chinese Counterintelligence team. During her time at the CIA, Tracy travelled to war zones and many other countries. Tracy received many awards for her service from both the CIA and foreign intelligence offices.
After leaving the CIA, Tracy became a Special Agent at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, specializing in Chinese counterintelligence operations.
Tracy was recently recognized as the 2022-23 Leader in Residence at the Virginia Military Institute, and she's an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University. Her book, “The Unexpected Spy”, has been optioned by Netflix along with Wonderland Sound and Vision Productions. Tracy sits on the Board of Directors of Girl Security, and she recently joined NewsNation as a National Security Contributor.
- Terrorism: both foreign and domestic
- Emerging threats
- Gender in national security and law enforcement
- The International Spy Museum
- USC Town & Gown
- Girl Security
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