Stephanie Douglas

President, National Security Practice
Stephanie Douglas wearing a black jacket and a necklace is smiling for the camera

Stephanie Douglas, President of Guidepost’s National Security Practice, works with law firms, corporate clients, and universities to address issues with national security implications. She leads client engagements relative to a range of national security issues including investigations and CFIUS matters. Specifically, she leads audits and monitorships of CFIUS related National Security Agreements. Ms. Douglas also has experience in the management and conduct of both domestic and international investigations including sensitive internal investigations, white-collar crime investigations, and institutional integrity matters. She also has experience in cyber security and privacy matters.

Relative to compliance, Ms. Douglas has extensive experience in the assessment and review of organizational programs. She works with clients to identify regulatory risks and find sensible and cost-efficient mitigations. She engages organizational leadership in making long term and productive changes.

Ms. Douglas has a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. She retired as a Senior Executive from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) in 2013 where she oversaw the FBI’s national security investigations and operations. While with the FBI, Ms. Douglas served in a variety of influential roles and retired as Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch, where she oversaw all the FBI’s work related to domestic and international counterterrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction and intelligence matters. She represented the FBI in discussions of national security policy along with other U.S. Intelligence Community partners and national security staff. She also served as the FBI’s Chief Intelligence Officer.

Prior to the above position, Ms. Douglas served as the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s San Francisco Division for over three years. In this position, she led all investigative and administrative operations of the division including those focused on sensitive national security issues.

Ms. Douglas maintains long-standing and excellent relationships in both the government and private sectors. Clients seek out Ms. Douglas’s services for her invaluable insight and judgment and her sensitivity to the needs of clients while supplying sound practical advice.

Did you know?

Stephanie was with the FBI for almost 24 years working between DC and San Francisco and when she retired, she was one of the highest ranked women in FBI history. She returned to the Bay Area and enjoys cycling, mountain biking and hiking.


  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Tennessee

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