Tracy Walder

Ex CIA officer & FBI special agent
Expert on WMDs, security, foreign policy, counterintelligence
Fee: Please inquire
"Tracy is a gifted speaker with a riveting story to tell. Her easy charm is juxtaposed with her insightful knowledge of international and domestic security issues, told through her fascinating first-hand accounts as a CIA officer and FBI field operative."
Lance Ignon
Senior Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Communication, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science
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
  • Avoiding bias, diversity
Tracy's Background


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 now works as an author, adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Texas Christian University, and sits on the Board of Directors of Girl Security. She is the author of The Unexpected Spy, has appeared on Good Morning America and Fox News, and she has written national security pieces for Salon, The NY Post, HuffPost, and other publications.

Presentation Examples
  • Terrorism: both foreign and domestic
  • Emerging threats
  • Gender in national security and law enforcement
Partnership Examples
  • The International Spy Museum
  • USC Town & Gown
  • Girl Security
Listen to Tracy featured in SPYSCAPE's hit podcast, True Spies
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