Former CIA Chief of Disguise, Author, Speaker
Jonna Mendez Bio
Jonna Mendez is a former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, often compared to “Q” in the Ian Fleming novels, Ms. Mendez was also a specialist in clandestine photography. Her 27-year career, for which she earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, included operational disguise responsibilities in the most hostile theaters of the Cold War, from Havana to Beijing to Moscow and ultimately into the Oval Office. She is currently an author, lecturer, teacher and consultant on intelligence matters. Ms. Mendez has spoken at West Point, the Sorbonne University and Pompidou Centre in Paris, and was a keynote speaker at the 2022 Intelligence International Conference in Melbourne, Australia. She was recently the author in residence at the Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho.She is frequently interviewed by the media as an expert commentator. She has co-written several books with her late husband Antonio Mendez, including Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance, Argo, and The Moscow Rules. Her latest book, In True Face, recounting her career as a female operations officer in the CIA is scheduled to be published in Spring 2024.