Alena is the Deputy Director of Operations for the CAPSTONE, KEYSTONE, and PINNACLE courses at the National Defense University. Alena provides logistical and administrative support of CAPSTONE, KEYSTONE, and PINNACLE missions as well as day-to-day operations.
Prior to joining NDU, Alena worked in Belgium as a legal researcher, later returning to the United States to work for the National Language Service Corps as a Member and Mission Support Liaison.
Alena was born in Vietnam but raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. Alena graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor degree in International Affairs. While there, she participated in a summer study abroad in Tokyo, Japan at Nihon University. Additionally, Alena was awarded the David L. Boren Scholarship to study abroad for a year in Istanbul, Turkey at Koç University.