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Jonna Mendez

Monday, March 11, 2024 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)


Jonna Mendez
Former Chief of Disguise, CIA

Monday, March 11, 2024 at 12:00 pm

The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will present the CIA’s first female Chief of Disguise, Jonna Mendez, on Monday, March 11, 2024 at Noon, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with more than 25 years of service. She joined the Central Intelligence Agency in Europe in 1966 and lived under cover for several decades, serving tours of duty in Europe, the Far East, and the Subcontinent, as well as at CIA Headquarters. In 1970 she joined CIA’s Office of Technical Service. Her duties included preparing the agency’s most highly placed foreign assets to gather high priority intelligence using subminiature spy cameras and other espionage technology and techniques.

 Recognized as a future leader early on, Jonna was selected for an exclusive yearlong program designed for officers with high potential. She took these skills overseas, adding disguise and identity transformation to her extensive roster of skills. Returning to Langley in 1986, she was assigned to Denied Area Operations for disguise, focusing her efforts on the most difficult and hostile areas where she and her colleagues matched wits with the KGB, the East German Stasi and the Cuban DGI. She was promoted to Chief of Disguise in 1991 where she ran a multi-million-dollar program with staff positioned around the world. She retired from the government in 1993.


Since retirement Jonna and her husband have written several books, including Spy Dust, ARGO, and The Moscow Rules. Her next book, In True Face, A Woman’s Life in the CIA, Unmasked, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with Pyramid Books.

Tickets for this event will go on sale Monday, February 5.




Member Tickets: $55
Applicant Tickets: $65
Guest Tickets: $80
Public Tickets: $125
Event-to-Event Table (10): $700
Event-to-Event Half Table (5): $350
Full Season Table (10): $550
Half Season Table (5): $275
Member Virtual Ticket: $25
Non-Member Virtual Ticket: $30

Ticket orders may also be made by phone to Nadia Spivak at (561) 881-9977. Please note that all reservations are final. No refunds, credits or exchanges will be provided.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts -- Cohen Pavilion
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
Event Contact
Nadia Spivak
(561) 881-9977
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Monday, March 11, 2024 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
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