Lecturers

Jillian Dardani

Lecturer
  • School of Public Affairs

Jillian came to CU Denver as an instructor in 2016 after 10 years of federal service at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). At NCTC, Jillian served in a variety of roles, most recently as Senior NCTC Representative for the Midwest region. Jillian embedded with FBI Chicago on their Joint Terrorism Task Force for three years and worked closely with federal, state and local partners on global and US-based terrorism investigations. Prior to her role as Senior Representative, Jillian served as daily Intelligence Briefer to Senior Counterterrorism officials at the White House, where she presented the President’s Daily Briefing and other analytical products written by the intelligence community. Jillian joined NCTC in 2007 as an intelligence analyst in Washington, D.C., and produced intelligence assessments and briefings for senior policy makers in the US Government. This role also entailed working closely with federal partners to analyze and mitigate threats to the US Homeland, US interests overseas and liaison partners across the globe. She was formally trained by the Central Intelligence Agency in intelligence analysis, and is the recipient of several awards including the NCTC Directors Award in 2009 for her work on a sensitive threat to the US Homeland. Jillian received her B.A. in History from University of Colorado Boulder in 2004, and her M.A. in International Studies and a Certificate in Homeland Security from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 2006.