Full Name
Meghan Harris
Job Title
Senior Vice President
Beacon Global Strategies
Speaker Bio
Prior to joining Beacon, Ms. Harris was Director of Policy for Worldwide Aerospace & Defense at GlobalFoundries, generating novel business and partnership opportunities across U.S. and international industry and governments. Ms. Harris joined GlobalFoundries from the Semiconductor Industry Association, where she served as Director for Global Technology and Security Policy. Her focus in these roles was building productive relationships between industry and government on national security and foreign policy issues, such as supply chain security and export controls.

Ms. Harris transitioned to industry in May 2021 after years of service in a range of national security, foreign policy and intelligence roles as both a federal civilian and Marine Corps officer.

Ms. Harris’s last role in government was in the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce. As the Senior National Security Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary she provided strategic guidance on all national security matters. She coordinated the execution of multiple complex regulatory publications, including accompanying strategic communications and foreign partner engagement.

Prior to the Department of Commerce, Ms. Harris served at the White House on the National Security Council Staff as the Director of Strategic Trade and Nonproliferation from March 2018 – June 2020. In this capacity she advised the President and National Security Advisor and led US Government policy development and implementation of critical technology and technology transfer policy. This included coordinating complex export control activities and policies across the US Government, such as entity listings, strategic regulatory changes, and foreign dialogue.

Ms. Harris entered federal civilian service in 2016 with the Defense Technology Security Administration in the Department of Defense. As DTSA’s Senior Policy Advisor for China, she developed and represented the DoD’s policy positions on pivotal technology security issues within the Department and across the Interagency.

Prior to civilian government service, Ms. Harris served as a signals intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, leading and training Marines in collection and analysis, including while deployed. Following her operational tour she was hand-selected to the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps where she served as the Commandant’s Protocol Officer.

Ms. Harris has dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and Music from the University of Rochester in New York, and an M.A. degree in International Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.
Meghan Harris