Katharine Gorka

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BornKatharine Cornell
Alma materHotchkiss School, London School of Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SpouseSebastian Gorka

Katharine Cornell Gorka is a U.S. think-tanker and "terror expert". She is married to Sebastian Gorka.[1]


A leaked document from the first II leak stated that "we also have a contact to Katharine Gorka - Senior Advisor - US Department of Homeland Security". This would appear connected to Sebastian Gorka, the first meeting listed on Chris Donnelly's Washington DC Schedule.


Gorka was born in Boston and grew up in various places on the East Coast, from Franconia, New Hampshire, to Asheville, North Carolina. She got her B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


She worked as a Development Specialist for the Asia Society Sep 1987 - Mar 1990.[2]

She lived in Budapest, Hungary for twelve years, where she worked on aspects of the post-communist transition, including projects to take over the system by creating compliant NGOs ('regenerate civil society') . [3]

She was a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute Mar 1992 - May 1995; Director Central and Eastern Europe, National Forum Foundation May 1995 - Dec 1996; and Director at the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security (ITDIS) Jan 2003 - Jun 2008.

From 2009 to 2014, she was Executive Director of the Westminster Institute, which according to itself conduct research and education on threats posed by extremist ideologies. As President of the Threat Knowledge Group from 2014 to 2017, Gorka was a consultant providing expertise and training on irregular warfare and terrorism to the FBI, US Army Special Forces, Marine Corps, and law enforcement.

I"n 2014 she wrote

The Obama administration has narrowly defined the enemy as only the most violent jihadists: first Al Qaeda and now ISIS. It has drawn a distinct line between those who use violence and those who do not. The administration sees this as a contest of force with an enemy that is limited in number. This inaccurate assessment of the enemy has its roots in left-wing theories about social movements.."[4]

In 2016, Gorka joined the Trump Transition Team and then served as a senior advisor in the Office of Policy at the Department of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019, where she focused on strategies for "prevention of terrorism and targeted violence and combatting use of the internet for terrorism and human trafficking".

From June to August 2019, she served as the press secretary for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In January 2020 she started working for The Heritage Foundation.

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