DEA Administrator Anne Milgram to keynote 2024 Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats

Mrs. Anne Milgram
(Anne Milgram / DEA)

Anne Milgram, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, will deliver a keynote address at the third Vanderbilt University Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. Scheduled for April 17–18, the summit will bring together experts and thought leaders to discuss critical issues in the realm of modern conflict. 

Milgram assumed her role in 2021, leading an agency of nearly 10,000 public servants across 334 offices globally. With a distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Milgram served as New Jersey’s attorney general from 2007 to 2010, where she transformed the Camden Police Department into a model for effective, data-driven policing. 

“It is an honor to host Administrator Milgram as a part of Vanderbilt’s Summit on Modern Conflict, and we know she will bring specialized, valuable insight to share from her extensive, pathbreaking career in law enforcement,” Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “It is leaders like Milgram who make this summit a fruitful endeavor as we come together to explore interdisciplinary approaches to addressing our most complex national security challenges through a shared commitment to open dialogue, collaboration and innovation.”  

Milgram’s career includes serving as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, where she was the special litigation counsel for the prosecution of human trafficking crimes. She earned commendations for her exceptional service and dedication to that effort. Before assuming her role as DEA administrator, she served as a professor of practice and distinguished scholar in residence at New York University School of Law, where she developed programs focused on leveraging data, analytics and technology in law enforcement. 

Milgram graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a law degree from New York University School of Law. She began her legal career clerking for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson of the District Court for the District of New Jersey before serving as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. 

The 2024 Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats will bring together internationally recognized leaders in the military and intelligence communities to examine the subjects of cyber conflict, artificial intelligence, peer competition and emerging threats. The interdisciplinary gathering convenes experts in defense, intelligence, computer science, infrastructure engineering, political science, law, policy and human behavior with the goal of creating an approach that furthers understanding of and response to some of the most pressing issues our nation faces today. 

The 2024 summit will also feature FBI Director Christopher Wray as a keynote speaker. Vanderbilt University welcomes the community to engage in these vital conversations on modern conflict and emerging threats, fostering a collaborative approach to addressing the complex challenges of our time. 

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