Major General Mari Eder is Chief of Staff with the Reserve Forces Policy Board in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Eder has had additional joint experience, serving with the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was assigned as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs. As a civilian, she served as the Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for SecurityStudies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
She is an experienced speaker and guest lecturer and has served as an adjunct professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the NATO School and Sweden’s International Security Command’s Training Center. Eder’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, four Joint Service Commendation Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Army Achievement Medal, among others. Eder was born in Grove City, PA. She holds a bachelor and master’s degree in English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S Army War College. She is also a graduate of senior executive and leadership programs at the National Defense University and the Army War College.