Edward "Ned" Price is an American political advisor and former intelligence officer serving as spokesman for the United States Department of State since 2021. He worked at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 2006 until 2017. On February 20, 2017, Price published an op-ed piece in The Washington Post, outlining his decision to retire from the CIA rather than work in a Donald Trump administration. This piece attracted controversy.
Early life and education
Price grew up in Dallas, where he graduated from St. Mark's School of Texas. He was a contributing member of The ReMarker and remains involved with their annual campouts in a supervisory role. He then graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, where he studied international relations at the School of Foreign Service. He reportedly chose this field of study in anticipation of joining the CIA after graduation. He later earned a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship and a prize for a superior thesis.