A former Baltimore resident and Fells Point business owner, Avril D. Haines, has been named deputy director of the CIA -- the first woman to hold the second-highest position at the agency.
Haines, 43, previously worked as a White House deputy assistant and deputy counsel for national security affairs. Prior to that, she served as a legal advisor in the State Department. President Obama named her to the post Wednesday.
Before she joined the federal government, Haines co-owned Adrian's Book Cafe in Fells Point and served as president of the Fells Point Business Association in the late '90s. A story published by the Daily Beast Thursday noted the independent bookstore hosted monthly "Erotica Nights," that included dinner and readings by guests of their work.
A 1995 story in The Baltimore Sun described the scene as a "cross-section of America. Twentysomethings and fiftysomethings" eating chicken tostadas and listening to the readings. "The atmosphere in this cozy room with red candles resembles a slightly-awkward dinner party for eight," The Sun wrote.
From 2007 to 2008, Haines worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to the White House. She clerked for Judge Danny Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2002 to 2003. She received a degree in physics from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University.