Andrea N. Goldstein

Special guest

Andrea Goldstein is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) for Administration at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Prior to this appointment, Goldstein was the Acting Director for Force Resiliency at the Department of the Navy, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). In this role, she is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on integrated prevention efforts, and leading the Department’s sexual assault, sexual harassment, and suicide prevention and response efforts. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in June 2021.

Goldstein previously served on the staff of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. As the lead staffer for the Women Veterans Task Force, she built an 85-member bipartisan coalition to ensure that the two largest federal agencies, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, equitably serve the nation’s two million servicewomen and women veterans. She supported the development and passage of the Deborah Sampson Act, the most consequential legislation serving women veterans and military sexual trauma survivors in more than a decade, which became law in 2021.

Goldstein served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer. She spent much of her active duty career at sea and overseas in expeditionary and special operations missions. She continues to serve in the Navy Reserve, with assignments to NATO and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

While assigned to NATO, she was instrumental in the development of the alliance’s policies on Women, Peace, and Security, and supported corresponding policy development at the Department of Defense.

Goldstein is an award-winning writer, and has published widely on topics in national security and she is the co-author of three books, Invisible Veterans: When Military Women Become Civilians Again, Why We Write: Craft Essays on Writing War and Winning Westeros: How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict.

Goldstein is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, member of the Truman National Security Project, and former Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. For her work on Capitol Hill, she was recognized with honors and awards by Disabled American Veterans, HillVets, and the National Able Network. She is a Pat Tillman Scholar, and a graduate of the Naval War College, Fletcher School at Tufts University, and University of Chicago.

Goldstein is a member of American Legion Post 184 in Hudson, N.Y.

Andrea N. Goldstein has been a guest on 1 episode.