Carol E Flynn


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Carol Rollie Flynn is Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, a professional services firm that provides security, cyber-security, intelligence, crisis planning, leader development, and training solutions to the private sector and governments.
A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Ms. Flynn held senior executive positions at the CIA including Director of CIA’s Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and Clandestine Operations Officer in Africa and Southeast Asia. She attained a rank of Senior Intelligence Service-04 (SIS-04), equivalent to a three star general when officially interacting with the U.S. military. She has extensive experience in intelligence, security, and crisis leadership.

Ms. Flynn is also an adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy where she teaches a graduate seminar on Intelligence and National Security. She serves as Adjunct Staff at Rand Corporation and is a senior affiliate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Ms. Flynn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Masters of Science in Cyber Security from University of Maryland University College. She has also completed executive leadership programs at Duke University, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.


  • BA () Wellesley College,
  • Certificate () Georgetown University, Organization Development
  • () Duke University, Executive/Organizational Leadership
  • () Kellog School, Northwestern University, Executive/Organizational Leadership