Faye Cuevas, Esq. currently serves as Chief of Staff for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a non-governmental organization with 250 employees worldwide and projects in more than 40 countries to rescue individual animals and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats.
In addition to her duties as Chief of Staff, Faye oversees IFAW’s Operation tenBoma, a first-of-its-kind counter-poaching and community security project in East Africa leveraging lessons the US Military learned during counter-terror operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Faye is also a lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserves and a decorated veteran with 19 years of military service including multiple deployments throughout the Middle East and Africa. Over half of Faye’s military career has been spent providing intelligence support to US counter-terror and partnered Special Operations missions to include foreign internal defense, civil-military support, partner nation capacity building, and direct action.
Most recently assigned to Special Operations Command-Africa, Faye led Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance support for over 100 special operations missions in West, Central, and the Horn of Africa. Faye is credited for originating an intelligence system tailored to operations in Africa. Through more robust technical components and more effective communications, information processing and analytical methodologies, the system was able to simultaneously support special operations with African partners in west, central and east Africa. These same proven methodologies serve as the foundation of IFAW’s Operation tenBoma.