Suzanne Petrie joined Northrop Grumman Information Technology in 2006 as the Director for New Ventures, focusing on homeland security strategy and international pursuits.
As part of the Intelligence Group, key areas of focus include information sharing, data fusion, and support to intelligence and homeland security programs. From 2004-2006, Ms. Petrie served as the Director for Latin America at HQ Department of Homeland Security (DHS).As a Director in the Assistant Secretariat for International Affairs, she was responsible for overall DHS coordination within North America, Central/South America, and the Caribbean, to include management of U.S. , Mexico border issues.She
was responsible for strategy, policy creation/execution, Federal and international coordination of security and immigration policy and programs within the Hemisphere. Previously, Ms. Petrie served as the Director for North American Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs from 2000-2004.She
coordinated with State Department
, Joint Staff
, and relevant Embassies to draft, negotiate, and implement defense policies within the hemisphere.She served as bilateral coordinator for the Defense Ministerial of the Americas IV (DMA IV) in Manaus, Brazil in 2000 and DMA V in Santiago, Chile, in 2002.Ms. Petrie
served OSD's point of contact for the international security aspects of homeland defense policy and managed Southcom/Northcom transition issues.
From 1999-2000 Ms. Petrie
served as Mexico Director in the White House Drug Policy Office (ONDCP).She
coordinated all aspects of strategic level bi-lateral drug control issues with Mexico, conducted regular consultations and negotiations with Mexican Foreign Ministry (SRE) and Mexican Justice Department
(PGR), including money laundering issues, precursor chemical control, extradition, border security, law enforcement operations, air, land and maritime interdictions and seizures.She served as the U.S. action officer in charge of the US-Mexico High-Level Contact Group for Drug Control, a cabinet level bi-national forum for strategic level policy decisions.She
twice received the White House Special Recognition Award.
From 1996-1998 Ms. Petrie
was the Director for Latin American Programs at the United States Air Force Academy
, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.She
instructed cadets in advanced level Latin American Studies courses, including Latin American Militaries
, Model Organization of American States
, and basic Spanish Language.She
was the 1998 Air Force Academy Staff "Civilian of the Year."
From 1994-1996 Ms. Petrie
was an intelligence analyst for Pentagon Headquarters, Department of the Army
, primarily focusing on the Western Hemisphere.For her work in the intelligence field, she received the Superior Civilian Service Medal in 1996. Ms. Petrie was awarded "Presidential Management Fellow (PMF)" status in 1992, after completing a Master's Degree in U.S Foreign and Defense Policy.She
PMF program (1992-1994) with Senator John Warner of Virginia, serving as a liaison with the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees
. Ms. Petrie
Senior Executive Service training at the Federal Executive Institute
in 2005 and is a Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
Senior Executive Fellow.She holds an M.A. in Foreign and Defense Policy from The American University School of International Service, and holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Sweet Briar College, in Virginia.