Voices of Los Alamos is meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, via Zoom. Link to be provided the day before the event.
Valerie Plame will speak about her experience with the CIA working on national security and nuclear non-proliferation. She is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 3, which includes Los Alamos.
Several candidates for CD3 asked Voices to host them and the VOLA leadership agreed to have them speak about their area of expertise and not use the time to campaign.
Plame and her family chose to move to Northern New Mexico – specifically Santa Fe – in 2007, after being in the national spotlight because senior officials in the Bush White House betrayed her covert CIA identity. After living and working around the world for the CIA, Plame finally felt she and her family had found a home, she said.
While at the CIA, Plame worked to protect America’s national security. She helped prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, specifically nuclear weapons. She managed top-secret covert programs designed to keep terrorists and rogue nation states from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Plame was born on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, where her dad was stationed. She spent most of her childhood moving wherever necessary for her father’s career as an Air Force officer. After attending Penn State University, Plame joined the CIA as a covert operations officer.
While working on nuclear counterproliferation issues, Plame visited Los Alamos National Laboratory. After moving to New Mexico, she began volunteering in a variety of ways, including serving nearly 10 years on the board of the United Way of Santa Fe County, which focuses exclusively on early childhood education.