J. William Leonard

Chief Operating Officer

J. William (Bill) Leonard brings to NED wide ranging leadership experience as a senior policy-maker and senior program manager within the Federal government where he has worked principally in the areas of Information Security at both the Department of Defense, where he rose to the rank of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security and Information Operations, and most recently at the National Archives as Director of the Information Security Oversight Office, working for US Archivist Allen Weinstein. Weinstein, a key figure in NED’s history, served as the director of the study group that led to NED’s founding. Leonard earned his bachelor’s degree in history at St. John’s University, and a master’s in international relations from Boston University. He has served as an adjunct professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and resides in Leonardtown, MD.