Melissa Welch serves as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Faculty Representative and George H. W. Bush Chair of National Intelligence at the U.S. Naval War College. She began her assignment in August 2016 and teaches Security Strategies in the National Security Affairs Department. Within CIA she has served mainly in the Directorate of Operations (DO) specializing in intelligence collection and reporting, culminating in a Senior Executive position overseeing all aspects of DO intelligence reporting. Ms. Welch has served overseas in Southeast Asia, Central Eurasia, Western Europe, and the Middle East. Ms. Welch is married and is a native of Middletown, Rhode Island.