Asha Castleberry-Hernandez North America 2020

Asha Castleberry is a military officer, professor, and the primary co-founder of Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN). In academia, she taught foreign policy and national security at George Washington University, Fordham University and Baruch College. A U.S. Army veteran, Asha completed a 30-month deployment in the Middle East. Since the 2014 ISIL incursion in Iraq, she served as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Kuwait.

From December 2012 to June 2014, Asha served as the Kuwait Desk Officer for International Military Affairs, U.S. Army Central. During the Obama Administration, she worked with the State Department at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Asha volunteered to serve as an election observer for the 2009 Presidential Election in El Salvador, and she served as part of USSOUTHCOM’s peacekeeping operations in Nicaragua.

Currently, she is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves at the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency. She’s a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council, a recipient of the Robert J. Meyers Fund Fellowship at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project and a Term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s been awarded the 2016 Aspen Institute Ideas Scholarship, and she’s also a scholarship recipient for the Socrates Program.

A graduate of Hampton University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Asha has studied Law and Business in mainland China, and she’s also studied international politics at the University of Oxford’s New College Program. She is a New Leaders Council Fellow and was chosen as a Diplomatic Courier “Top 99 Under 33” Foreign Policy Leader, and a 2015 Root100 “Top African American Rising Leader.” She has been featured or quoted in numerous media outlets including CNN, Fox News, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Hill, Al-Jazeera English, and I24 News.