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Osasu Dorsey

U.S. Department of Defense

2022 fellow

Trusted senior policy adviser, attorney, and collaborative leader.

Ms. Dorsey is an accomplished attorney and policy advisor with 12 years of federal government experience within the Executive Branch and Congress. Ms. Dorsey has been the Associate Deputy General Counsel with the Department of the Army, Office of the General Counsel (OGC) since 2018. She has successfully led essential Army programs and handles a wide range of complex legal and policy issues.

Notably, she established and led assessments of the Army’s world-wide Field Ethics Programs, ensuring compliance and reinforcing ethical culture and decision-making. Her accomplishments also include co-leading Army listening sessions and OGC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, resulting in more cohesive and diverse teams. She received recognition from the Army General Counsel in 2020 and the Army Under Secretary in 2018 and 2020 for her impactful contributions. During a recent detail to the Office of the White House Counsel, Ms. Dorsey helped establish and implement the White House Ethics Program.

Prior to joining the Army, Ms. Dorsey served as Counsel for the bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics where she advised and trained Senate Members and staff and conducted sensitive investigations. She also served in attorney roles at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. At NNSA, she received the Office of the General Counsel Legal Excellence Award, primarily for her work as the lead NNSA attorney for the government’s response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident.

Ms. Dorsey has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Mary Washington, an M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism from Syracuse University, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

As a WHLDP fellow, Ms. Dorsey will work with the Office of the National Cyber Director in the Executive Office of the President on cyber security initiatives.

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