Leadership

marsh

Dr. Catherine Marsh, Director

Dr. Catherine Marsh became director of IARPA in November 2019 where she is responsible for investing in high-risk/high-payoff research that has the potential to provide our nation with an overwhelming intelligence advantage. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Marsh was the chief scientist for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology from 2016-2019, where she was responsible for ensuring that leading-edge science and technology underlies current and future mission capabilities. Before that, she served as the dean of the DS&T’s George Methlie School. Her first assignment at IARPA was from 2013-2015 as the deputy director. Dr. Marsh joined the CIA in 2001 and served in several capacities to innovate power solutions for the Intelligence Community. While in industry, she led the team that put lithium-ion technology on numerous platforms, including NASA’s MARS Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Dr. Marsh is a Director of National Intelligence Fellow and member of the DS&T’s distinguished expert cadre. She holds a bachelor’s and doctorate in inorganic and analytic chemistry from Brown University.

catherine.marsh@iarpa.gov
(301) 243-1995
Download Bio

For speaking engagement requests, please courtesy copy dni-iarpa-publicaffairs@iarpa.gov.

Cotell official thumb

Dr. Catherine Cotell, Deputy Director for Research

Dr. Catherine Cotell is IARPA’s deputy director for research. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary team of scientists managing research and development programs. Dr. Cotell’s career, which began at AT&T Bell Laboratories, has been dedicated to delivering innovative, technology-based solutions to both the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. From 2016 – 2019, she was a senior advisor to the director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. From 2014 – 2016, she headed the Office of Incisive Analysis at IARPA, where she oversaw a portfolio of research projects in data analytics including text, image, video, speech, and remotely sensed data. She has held leadership roles at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Noblis, and was vice president at In-Q-Tel from 2003 – 2010. She launched IQT’s university outreach program and managed their largest technology practice focused on data analytics. Dr. Cotell was issued seminal patents in the field of laser deposition of biocompatible coatings for medical implants. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s in chemistry and mathematics from Wellesley College. She is the winner of the ODNI S&T Professional Individual Award.

catherine.cotell@iarpa.gov
(301) 243-1995
Download Bio

For speaking engagement requests, please courtesy copy dni-iarpa-publicaffairs@iarpa.gov.


Cheri Benedict official photo

Ms. Cheri Benedict, Deputy Director for Operations

Ms. Cheri Benedict is IARPA’s deputy director for operations. Before joining IARPA in January 2019, Ms. Benedict was a program manager for ODNI’s Acquisition, Procurement, and Facilities directorate from 2015 to 2019 and established IC common contract-related enterprise licensing agreements with commercial IT vendors. From 2010 to 2015, Cheri served in various ODNI roles in the IC Chief Information Office. These roles included overall IC IT budget lead to the Office of Management and Budget, IC IT enterprise management, IC-wide cloud computing studies, and counterintelligence or DoD mission-focused support. Before entering federal service, she worked in various government contracting firms consulting on IT modernization issues. She also served in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2006, with numerous assignments as a signal officer. Ms. Benedict holds a master’s degree in information and telecommunications systems from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is a Wisconsin native and now resides in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and three children.

cheri.benedict@iarpa.gov
(301) 243-1995
Download Bio

For speaking engagement requests, please courtesy copy dni-iarpa-publicaffairs@iarpa.gov.


ts, please courtesy copy dni-iarpa-publicaffairs@iarpa.gov.