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Christel Fonzo-Eberhard

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)


Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer in Policy Management & Operations (PMO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Policy (OUSD Policy). Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard has been the Deputy COO since February 2016. From 2015-2016 she was the strategic advisor for government affairs at Monitor 360, a narrative analytics data analytics firm.  From 2010-2015 she was dual-hatted as the Director for Southeast Asia, and as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense (South & Southeast Asia).  From 2006-2010, Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard was Policy’s lead for DoD’s multi-million-dollar Global Train & Equip authority (NDAA Section 1206) established in 2006 to build partner capacity for stabilization and counterterrorism operations.  Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard served as a member of the Career Development Board, the Supervisors Counsel, led the Women in Policy Group, and was the co-founder of Policy’s Mentorship Program.

Prior to work in government, Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard worked at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a policy analyst and Title X war-game specialist.  Ms. Fonzo-Eberhard has a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Graduate Certificate in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management from George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University