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Meghan Mitchum

Meghan Mitchum writes about the impact of technology and science in the homeland security arena.

Mitchum is an Associate at Catalyst Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations and public affairs firm. She aids Catalyst clients in navigating the dynamic and evolving science and technology landscape. Previously, Mitchum worked on risk management issues at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and governmental affairs at the Society of American Foresters.

Mitchum has a background in Chinese studies, having lived and studied in both Beijing and Kunming. In China, she studied International Relations, Regional Security and Mandarin at Yunnan University through IES Abroad. Then, she continued her studies at the Beijing Language & Culture University through the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. She has a keen interest in emergency management, cybersecurity, Chinese relations, critical infrastructure and building the next work force of national security professionals.

Ms. Mitchum graduated with honors from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of International Relations & Public Policy.

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