Denise E. Zheng

Director and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Program

Denise E. Zheng is a senior fellow and director of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS, where her work is focused on cyber and emerging technology issues. She brings a unique blend of expertise, including advanced technology research and development, legislative and policy strategy, and private-sector experience. Previously, she served as chief of staff and lead science and engineering technical adviser as a contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) foundational cyber warfare program, Plan X. Before DARPA, Ms. Zheng was director for global government relations and cybersecurity policy at CA Technologies, where she advised company executives on cybersecurity, supply chains, and software assurance issues. While at CA, she was a member of the Information Technology (IT) Sector Coordinating Council, IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and SAFECode.

Prior to CA Technologies, Ms. Zheng served as a professional staff member for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In that role, she was a principal in drafting and negotiations for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation and conducted oversight of critical infrastructure protection programs, spectrum auctions, privacy, and federal IT programs. In addition to writing on technology and cybersecurity issues, she has also authored reports on U.S.-China relations and soft power, and civil space policy issues. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she has been interviewed by CNN, BBC, CBS, and NPR. Ms. Zheng holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, studied government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed graduate coursework in security studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Email: dzheng [at]