Edward (Ned) Price served as a Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications. Ned previously was an Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications on the National Security Council staff. Prior to serving at the White House, Ned was at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he was a spokesperson and—prior to that—a PDB briefer and senior analyst covering a range of strategic and tactical issues. He publicly resigned from the Agency in February 2017 after more than a decade of service, citing the Trump Administration’s disregard for intelligence analysis. Prior to joining the CIA, Ned was an Associate at The Cohen Group, working under former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen on a variety of public policy, non-profit, and business initiatives. He has also worked on several political campaigns. Ned graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 2005, where he served as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He also holds a Master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, from where he graduated in 2010 and received a citation for his superior thesis on the tension between secrecy and transparency in the national security realm. He is originally from Dallas, Texas, where he attended the St. Mark's School of Texas and where he remains involved in a number of non-profit organizations.