Avril D. Haines is CIA Deputy Director. Prior to her appointment, Haines served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs at the White House.
Haines is an expert in the legal implications of drone strikes, cyber attacks, and domestic intelligence gathering, all domains that will prove critically important in today's national security landscape.
Prior to joining the White House Counsel's office in 2010, she was Assistant Legal Advisor for Treaty Affairs at the Department of State and, from 2007 to 2008, she served on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Majority. Previously, she served in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the Department of State from 2003 to 2006.
She received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.