Larry Hanauer is the vice president for policy at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a nonprofit association that promotes effectiveness and efficiency in the U.S. intelligence community through robust public-private partnerships. Previously, he spent six years as a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where his research focused on foreign policy and national security, principally regarding Africa and the Middle East.
Before joining RAND in 2010, he spent five years as a senior staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, one of two congressional committees charged with overseeing the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where over the course of a nine-year tenure he managed U.S. defense policy vis-a-vis Israel, Iran, Iraq, and countries in Eastern Europe and West Africa. Hanauer has also served as a foreign policy advisor to a congressman from New York City, as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and as an environmental public relations consultant at Burson-Marsteller.
Hanauer and his family live near the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and believe that it is both a national treasure and a valued local resource. In addition to visiting the Zoo frequently, they regularly participate in a range of FONZ activities, including Snore & Roars, Boo at the Zoo, ZooFari, ZooLights and FONZ adult education classes. Hanauer's wife, Julie, is a longtime FONZ volunteer who has served as a behavior watch monitor for the golden lion tamarin free-range program, a panda pregnancy watch monitor and an interpreter on Asia Trail. His son has attended FONZ Nature Camp and worked as a class aide at FONZ Summer Safari Day Camp. In 2019, Hanauer and his family volunteered at a pangolin rescue facility in Vietnam that is supported by Zoo scientists and veterinarians.
Hanauer received his Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.A native New Yorker who frequently visited the Central Park Zoo as a child, Hanauer has lived in Washington for the past 25 years.