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Melanie Lentz was one of the youngest female agents ever hired by the Secret Service at age 22. She worked in the Los Angeles Field Office for approximately eight years where she worked financial crime cases, protective intelligence (threats against protectees), and countless protection operations for presidential campaigns, visiting foreign dignitaries, and current and former presidents and their families. Melanie is also one of the very few females to pass the Secret Service Rescue Swimmer Course. Her last assignment was Former First Lady Nancy Reagan. She was the agent in the embalming room and a pallbearer at the private family funeral. At the time, she was going through a divorce, depression, and an eating disorder relapse. She left the Secret Service shortly after Mrs. Reagan's passing, after realizing it was time to start protecting herself as well as she protected others.

Melanie’s memoir Agent Innocent: How the Secret Service Changed My Life is available on Amazon. Her book Advance Work: A Personal Protection Assignment 7-Day Workbook will be released May 1, 2021.

Today Melanie is a writer and speaker with a passion for self-protection. She currently calls the Midwest home and enjoys training for triathlons, paddle boarding, and reading. For all the latest on Melanie, visit her website:

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