CIA Director Gina Haspel’s recent appointment of Cynthia “Didi” Rapp as the agency’s deputy director for analysis marks a milestone. For the first time, the top three directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency are run by women.
Haspel, the first female director of the agency, announced in December that 34-year agency veteran Elizabeth Kimber would lead the operations directorate, joining Dawn Meyerriecks, who has served as the deputy director for science and technology the past five years.
Nearly half of the CIA workforce is made up of women, according to NBC News.
“Didi Rapp brings broad, deep expertise from across the Agency and the Intelligence Community to her new role as the head of our Directorate of Analysis. With her engaging leadership style and reputation for objectivity, Didi will excel in leading our talented analytic cadre,” said Brittany Bramell, CIA director of public affairs.
Rapp, previously the agency’s head of public affairs since 2011, is married to a CIA employee and is the daughter of a 33-year agency veteran. Her career has included stints as an analyst preparing daily presidential briefings, deputy director for congressional affairs and assistant deputy on the staff of the director of national intelligence.