Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant DNI, Intelligence Community Human Capital
Director, ODNI IC Policy and Strategic Mission Outreach
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
Dr. Gant is a member of the Senior Intelligence/Executive Service. She was recently appointed as the Deputy
Assistant DNI, Human Capital for the Intelligence Community. Dr. Gant also serves as the Director of the ODNI
Intelligence Community (IC) Policy and Strategic Mission Outreach; her portfolio includes the Office of the
Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE), Office of Recruitment and Outreach, Wounded Warrior and Work Life
Programs. She served on a two-year academic sabbatical at Trinity University, Washington, DC as a visiting
professor, scholar-in-residence, in International Affairs prior to current assignment. She oversees the
Intelligence Community’s CAE programs at thirty (30) accredited U.S. colleges and universities. She establishes
policy guidance and execution strategies aligned with objectives outlined in the U.S. National Intelligence
Strategy (NIS). She directs and manages a multi-million dollar grant budget on behalf of the ODNI for 17 IC
agencies and elements. Dr. Gant establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships with federal agencies,
academia and industry in support of the NIS. Prior assignments included senior advisor and special assistant
to the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and the Deputy DCI for Community Management about workforce
management, training/education, human resources, and IC corporate diversity management. She directed IC-
wide inter-agency teams and provided oversight for workforce policy. Dr. Gant chaired the Intelligence
Community Diversity Issues Board (CDIB); the CDIB is comprised IC senior-executive officers from the 17 IC
agencies and elements.
Dr. Gant has extensive work experiences that include the Department of Defense (DOD); she has held a variety
of progressively responsible positions where she managed multi-million dollar budgets for human resources
management, education, and technology-based training initiatives. Her career expands more than 20 years
and includes positions with Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Marine Corps
Institute, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency—National Defense Intelligence
College. Dr. Gant performed duty assignments in Japan, Oxfordshire, England, NATO in Brussels Belgium, and
Italy. Dr. Gant lectured at the Business Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Gant’s academic credentials include a B.S. School of Business and Industry, Florida A and M University;
M.A., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University. She is a graduate of several executive-level programs: DOD Executive Leadership Development
Program, George Washington University Executive Contemporary Development Program, American Institute
for Managing Diversity; Diversity Management Institute at Hollins College, The Brookings Institute Senior Level
Benchmarking Program and Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Gant’s awards are many; they include the Navy’s Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, Office of the
Secretary of Defense Civilian Service Award, DIA Director’s Award, DIA Award for Exceptional Civilian Service,
DIA Award for Meritorious Civilian Service, and the Marine Corps’ Commanding General’s Outstanding
Employee Award, ODNI Exceptional Service Awards. In April 2010, Dr. Gant was awarded Harvard University
Donald M. Stewart Alumni Achievement Award for leadership and public service. Dr. Gant is the author of
several publications: The Pennsylvania State University, American Distance Learning Association On-Line
Symposium, (30 OCT 98) Distance Learning Quality Indicators: Teletraining Two-way Electronic Classroom,
DEOSNEWS Vol. 8 No. 10, http://www.ed.psu.edu/ACSDE/. She has published articles in the Performance
Improvement Journal, International Society for Performance Improvement. The articles include: The Weakest
Link: Strategic Management of Human Capital (SEP 04, Vol. 43, No. 3), 30 Key Steps to Successful Diversity
Management: Mentoring, Networking, and Sponsorship (SEP 00, Vol. 39, No. 8), Lessons in Developing
Distance Learning (FEB 96, Vol. 35, No. 2); Use of Emerging Technologies: Training Troops Around the World
(JAN 95, Vol. 34, No. 1); Use of Emerging Technology: Linking for Learning, (FEB 93, Vol. 1, No. 4), and the
Defense Intelligence Agency Communique, TQM: Human Needs-The ABC's of Nurturing the Human Potential,
Spring 95. Dr. Gant is the author of A Guide – Workplace Success: Ten Steps to Career Advancement (2007).
Former DCI Tenet appointed Dr. Gant as the Community’s representative to the President’s White House One
America Initiative. Dr. Gant is continuously involved in community service endeavors that include the Board of
Trustees, Episcopal High School, a co-educational boarding school (Alexandria, VA); she co-chaired executive
committees with Congressman Cass Ballenger (R/NC). She volunteered as a mentor and facilitator for
Presidential Classroom, a member of the Executive Management Advisory Council at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University at the Northern VA Graduate Center. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc., she has held leadership positions and represented the chapter at local and national level events.
Dr. Gant chairs committees for a tri-county working group, Women’s Legislative Briefing Annual Forum.
During summers 2004 through 2008, Dr. Gant performed as an advisor to the International Scholar Laureate
Program; she managed and facilitated cultural awareness and educational experiences for university students
from across the U.S. She supervised educational exchanges in South Africa, Australia, China as well as Central
and Eastern Europe. Dr. Gant has served as a member of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of
Government Alumni Board; in 2007, she originated the concept of the first HKS Speed Networking Forums,
currently implemented twice annually by the HKS Alumni Board. Dr. Gant is the CEO/Principal of Five Star
Consulting, LLC; her clients include Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, Delmar Systems, Inc., National Institutes
of Health-Federal Women’s Program, National Blacks in Government Association, and University of Central
Florida-Diversity Program. Dr. Gant was a member of Working Mother Media, Inc. Advisory Group to identify
America’s best companies for women. She is a Board member of Women In International Security (WIIS).
Dr. Gant is married to Raymond C. Gant, D.D.S., U.S. Air Force Officer; they have two daughters and live in the
Washington, DC metropolitan area.