Samar Ali is an expert on the intersection of national security and international economic development. After serving as a judicial clerk for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. '70, she joined Hogan Lovells US as an associate, helping to establish the firm’s United Arab Emirates office. She was named to the 2010 class of White House Fellows, after which she served as a policy consultant to the Obama administration, working with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She was later appointed Tennessee’s assistant commissioner of international affairs by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, where she developed a five-year international strategy plan for the state and managed its global relations. Before joining Bass Berry & Sims, where she focuses on cross-border investments, transactions, immigration and compliance, she was an attorney with Bone McAllester Norton in Nashville. In addition to her legal practice, Professor Ali is a managing director of the Lodestone Advisory Group, a consulting firm that specializes in internationalization, investment advice and strategy. Before earning her law degree, she earned her B.S. in political science at Vanderbilt University with honors in 2003 and was elected as the school’s first Arab-American student body president. Professor Ali is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Truman National Security Project.