David Stiefel is a graduate student in the doctoral program for Foreign Affairs; majoring in International Relations. David earned his BS in Geology & Environmental Sciences, Media Arts & Design, and Jazz Studies from James Madison University (’07). David then worked as an Environmental Consultant for two years in Charlottesville. David left that job to tour full time in a band, which he did for the next five years. After charting on Billboard with his band, David pursued a MS from Georgetown University in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infections Disease (’15). Upon graduation, David began working as a Defense Contractor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency – focusing on Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction Systems/Technology and supporting the Autonomy Community of Interest. While at DTRA, David became a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellowship.David began working for USDA as a Presidential Management Fellow, first at the Natural Resources Conservation Service and currently for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination. With USDA, David is currently a National Security Policy Analyst with a portfolio including Agroterrorism, Bio-defense/security, and Critical Infrastructure. David is interested in the effects of environmental stressors on security and terrorism.