In Florida, Nesheiwat worked for Gov. Ron DeSantis, focusing on preparing the state for its frequent natural disasters, improving the coordination of state disaster response, and finding ways to help protect critical infrastructure. Over the weekend, she attended the Daytona 500, where Trump spoke to racing fans and took a spin around the track in the presidential limo.
Nesheiwat is a former captain in the U.S. Army, where she specialized in military intelligence and spent a stint in Baghdad as a political-military and operations adviser to L. Paul Bremer, who led the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.
Nesheiwat also worked as chief of staff for policy in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration under DNIs John Negroponte and Mike McConnell. She then spent seven years at the State Department, rising to be deputy assistant secretary for energy, according to her LinkedIn profile.
She holds a Ph.D from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, writing her dissertation on “Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Energy Technology & Resiliency” and a master’s degree in national energy security from Georgetown University, and studied sociology at Stetson University in Florida. Her résumé also says she speaks Arabic, Japanese and Spanish.
“Never in a million years while sitting here on campus as a freshman did I envision one day sitting across a table from the brilliant former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, or serving as a military intelligence officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, living and studying for a doctorate in Japan and surviving an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown I might add,” Nesheiwat said during a convocation speech at Stetson in 2017.
Meridith McGraw contributed to this report.