The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will present former Central Intelligence Agency Director, John O. Brennan, at a virtual lunch moderated by Axios’ Margaret Talev on Friday, October 9, 2020 at noon.
John O. Brennan served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from March 2013 until January 2017. As director, he was responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services. From January 2009 to March 2013, Mr. Brennan was assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, shaping the U.S. Government’s counterterrorism strategy and coordinating the Obama administration policies on homeland security, counterterrorism, cyberattacks, natural disasters, and pandemics.
Mr. Brennan began his government service at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005 and specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and counterterrorism. He served as CIA’s intelligence briefer to President Clinton, Chief of Staff to then Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, and Deputy Executive Director. In 2003, he led a multi-agency effort to establish what would become the National Counterterrorism Center, serving as the Center’s first Director in 2004. He retired from the CIA in 2005 and worked in the private sector for three years.
Mr. Brennan currently is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, a senior intelligence and national security analyst for NBC, and an advisor to a variety of private sector companies.
His memoir, Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, At Home and Abroad, is available for purchase on the Forum Club’s website before, during and after the program and offered at special pricing for Forum Club attendees thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
Forum Club virtual lunches will be hosted on the Zoom Webinar platform, but do not require you to have a personal Zoom account. You may watch this virtual lunch from your computer, tablet or smartphone or listen by calling the number provided upon registration. No web cameras or microphones will be needed for you to participate.
Margaret Talev is the White House & Politics Editor for Axios, a contributor for “Axios on HBO” and a CNN political analyst. She oversees Axios’ coverage of the 2020 elections. Talev has covered the White House for more than a decade, previously as senior White House House correspondent for Bloomberg News and White House correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. She is a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Washington Press Club Foundation. Talev is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, her alma mater, and was a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Before reporting on President Donald Trump, she covered Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, President Obama’s two terms in the White House, Congress, and politics in Florida and California. Talev is Bulgarian-American.