B.A., University of Washington; J.D., American University
Desiree Hanssen has worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of General Counsel, since 2017. In her current role, she provides legal advice and guidance to Departmental leadership and staff on matters before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (Team Telecom). She also provides legal support to the Department in its newer role involving the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain. Prior to her current position, Desiree was a DHS Honors Attorney where she had the opportunity to serve as an attorney at DHS OGC as well as three components, including U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2016, Desiree clerked for then-Chief Judge Patrick L. Woodward of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Desiree obtained her J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law where she served as a senior staff member for the American University Law Review and the Editor-in-Chief of the American University National Security Law Brief. Desiree graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science and French.