2022 Tillman Scholar

Lindsay Temes

Air Force
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I will dedicate my work to protecting society and preserving privacy at the intersection of business, policy, and technology.”

After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, Lindsay served as a federal agent with the Office of Special Investigations, the criminal and counterintelligence agency for the Air Force. During her career, Lindsay led hundreds of investigations, both stateside and abroad. Uncovering the truth and leading investigations into crimes of violence and exploitation of children fueled her intense desire to support the innocent, particularly those that could not speak for or defend themselves.

Over more than a decade of service, she observed how technological advancements enabled and accelerated the creation and spread of harm to society, from child abuse material to violent extremism. Tackling these threats to public safety became increasingly difficult. Committed to continuing to work for the public good, Lindsay completed her master’s in public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School along with a child protection certificate from Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.

Through her studies, Lindsay learned about the power of emerging technologies and their ability to mitigate the proliferation of online threats. While technology has been a catalyst for the spread of extremist content and abuse imagery online, it can also be part of the solution. Lindsay is pursuing her MBA at MIT to complement her policy skillset and law enforcement background to address the challenges facing organizations in their quest to responsibly preserve user privacy and ensure public safety.