National Security Council
Council Member: Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor
Council Designee: Amy Pope, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Transborder Security, National Security Council
Amy Pope joined the National Security Staff in July 2012 and serves as Director in the Transborder Security Directorate. Her portfolio includes implementation of border initiatives with Mexico and Canada, immigration security, and enhancing U.S. government efforts to fight cross-border threats, including criminal networks that traffic in people, narcotics, arms, and other contraband at and between the ports of entry and in the interior of the United States. Prior to joining the National Security Staff, she was the Deputy Chief of Staff & Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. In this capacity, she oversaw the Criminal Division's Office of Policy and Legislation, its Administrative Office, and its Training Center. She also had responsibility for coordinating the Division's extensive efforts in Mexico. Prior to joining the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Amy was detailed as counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, where she served as the liasion between Senate leadership and the Senate Judiciary Committee. During her career in the public sector, Ms. Pope has also served as Counsel in the Criminal Division’s Office of Policy and Legislation; as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology, and Homeland Security; as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section; and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Before joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Pope clerked for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Pope is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University School of Law and a graduate of Haverford College.