Brodi Kotila

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Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in political science, Harvard University; M.A. in political science, Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School; B.A. in political science, UC Berkeley


Brodi Kotila is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Previously, Kotila served as Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Plans, Analysis and Risk at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this capacity, Kotila led policy development and integration, strategy and planning for the Department and managed the Office of Policy’s professional workforce of 180 employees and approximately $40 million budget. Prior to joining DHS, Kotila served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of the Army. As the Under Secretary’s principal civilian advisor, she provided advice on policy, planning, program development and resource matters including force development; soldier and civilian recruiting; retention, training, health care, and family programs; organizational change; and headquarters restructuring. Previously, Kotila was assigned to the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she led interagency policy development on veterans and military families issues including mental health care, suicide prevention, education, training and employment. From 2011-2014, Kotila served as Special Counsel to the Department of Defense General Counsel, where she advised the General Counsel and the Secretary of Defense on a range of issues including the Department's efforts to combat sexual assault in the military, the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the role of women in military service.

Kotila holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Bar of Massachusetts.