Brenna Gautam is an attorney with the U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Legislative Counsel. In this role, she troubleshoots legal issues associated with, and drafts, new laws on matters dealing with defense, intelligence, and certain veterans’ issues for U.S. Congressmembers and congressional committees on a nonpartisan basis. She received her Juris Doctor with Honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019.
In terms of experience with arms control and nonproliferation issues, Ms. Gautam served as the U.S. Regional Coordinator for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Youth Group from 2019-2020 (and has been active in the work of the CTBTO Youth Group since 2016); as a 2020 Nuclear Scholar with the Center for Strategic International and Studies’ Project on the Nuclear Issues program; as the President of the Georgetown Law National Security Law Society; as an extern at the Stimson Center, where she researched export control issues associated with UNSCR 1540; and as a virtual student foreign service intern with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.
She has taken coursework in international law, human rights, and national security law, and has published various articles relating to those fields. In addition to her work on nonproliferation issues, she is also interested in foreign aid and development. Her past experiences in this regard include work and internships with the following: the Office of the General Counsel for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Aid in Danger project (through the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame), the NGO Society for Democratic Initiatives in Sierra Leone, and the NGO Democracy for Development in Kosovo.