Roopa is a national security professional with over 25 years of experience supporting senior U.S. government leaders. She recently completed an interagency rotation at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and also served as a Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East at the National Intelligence Council.
Roopa has held a variety of foreign policy management and operational leadership positions during her two decade career at the Department of State. She served as Chief of Staff to the Counselor in 2021 and as a Deputy Executive Secretary from 2018-2019. From 2014-2018, she managed the Middle East portfolio on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. Previous assignments include Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, Chief of Staff to the Special Coordinator for Egypt, and Senior Advisor on Iran in the Near East Bureau from 2009-2014. Other career highlights include special assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, director of the office responsible for terrorism designations and multilateral issues in the Counterterrorism Bureau, and Middle East nonproliferation officer in the International Security and Nonproliferation Bureau.
Roopa received a B.A. from George Washington University and a graduate degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.