Dr. Amy Sands is the Senior Advisor on Nonproliferation and International Security Initiatives at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Prior to becoming Senior Advisor, Dr. Sands served for eight years as the provost of the Institute and two and a half years as the dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies. Previous to this appointment, she was the deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for seven years. From August 1994 to June 1996, she was assistant director of the Intelligence, Verification, and Information Management Bureau at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Upon leaving the government, Dr. Sands received ACDA's Distinguished Honor Award and the On-Site Inspection Agency's Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. Before joining ACDA, she led the Proliferation Assessments Section of Z Division (Intelligence) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security (WIIS) and was appointed in August 2014 to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board.