Maura Godinez began her career in 1985 as a Foreign Service Officer working consular issues. Doing interagency name checks for visa applicants opened the door to her 30-year career as an intelligence officer at the CIA, where she worked on foreign intelligence, counternarcotics, counterterrorism and counterintelligence problems. In 2007, she was selected to become an intelligence educator, teaching classes on intelligence, global issues and terrorism as the CIA Officer in Residence at the University of Southern California. Having worked at the nexus of technology and human operations throughout her intelligence career, after retiring from the CIA, she began focusing more specifically on cyber issues, developing a new class for the USC on the intersection of cyber technology and policy.
Her undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of Maryland. She has a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Relations, and completed a Harvard Executive Education program “Cybersecurity: Intersection of Policy and Technology” in 2015.