- Sara AbbasiSara Abbasi
Sara Abbasi is a philanthropist with a focus on enabling access to education.
As a member of various boards, Ms. Abbasi is dedicated to facilitating cross-cultural understanding. Ms. Abbasi is Founding Board member of Developments in Literacy (DIL), an international nonprofit organization with a charter to advance literacy in the remote areas of Pakistan. Since 1997, DIL has built 200 schools in Pakistan. In 2001, Ms. Abbasi established DIL’s San Francisco chapter.
Additionally, Ms. Abbasi serves on the board of The World Affairs Council of Northern California; The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding; Menlo School, an independent, accredited and coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades 6–12; and on the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project.
In 2003, Ms. Abbasi and her husband, Sohaib Abbasi, endowed the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, a key forum for interdisciplinary research and teaching in Islamic Studies on the west coast.
- Robert J. AbernethyRobert J. Abernethy
Robert J. Abernethy is President of American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments, LLC. For well over two decades, Mr. Abernethy served as a director of Public Storage, where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and has been a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties since 1988. He is a member of the Self Storage Association’s Hall of Fame and was Director of the Self Service Storage Association where he served as Past National Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer and Past Regional President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. He has been licensed as a California General Building Contractor since 1975.
Mr. Abernethy is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, a trustee of Davidson College and a trustee of Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of the Truman National Security Project, a member of the Harvard and Masachusetts General Hospital's Advisory Council for the Center for Synergy, Innovation, and Bioengineering, and the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows. He is a member of the Harriman Society, Harvard Partners, Human Rights Watch, the UCLA Chancellor’s Cabinet and UCLA Arts Board of Visitors and on the Advisory Council of the School of Advanced International Studies Washington and Bologna. He serves on the executive committee and as Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy as well as a member of the chairman’s forum of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a board member of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Brookings Institution, the RAND Center for Global Risk & Security, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Hollywood Bowl and the Peabody Conservatory.
Mr. Abernethy received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction Management from UCLA and was formerly employed by Hughes Aircraft Company as Controller of its Technology Division.
- Madeleine K. AlbrightMadeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of ASG, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.
She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.
In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie.
Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.
Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute.
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- Thalia AssurasThalia Assuras
Thalia Assuras has more than 30 years of experience as a broadcast journalist, communications consultant, writer, media trainer, and public speaker.
Thalia has performed at the highest levels of broadcast journalism as an anchor and correspondent at the ABC and CBS networks in the United States, and at Canada’s CTV and Global CanWest networks. She has reported or anchored coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; politics, from the White House and Capitol Hill to national elections; presidential summits; natural disasters; the September 11th attacks; the Olympics; and breaking news.
She provides strategic planning and implementation; crisis management; media relations for print, broadcast, online and social media; crafting messages and identifying messengers; and media and presentation training.
Thalia has taught communications courses, served as master of ceremonies for many events, written about the profession, and advised newcomers to the field. She also speaks French and Greek.
- Stephen BaileyStephen Bailey
Stephen is founder and CEO for ExecOnline. Stephen brings a passion for helping executives and their companies solve their most pressing strategic challenges through innovative technology solutions. Before ExecOnline, Stephen served as the CEO of Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a venture-backed software and information services business serving Fortune 500 executives who have responsibility for emerging economies. Stephen grew the business from an early-stage start-up to a company that serves nearly half the Fortune 500 across a range of international markets and business functions.
Prior to his role as CEO, he served as FSG’s first Chief Product Officer, with responsibility for the development and delivery of all products and client-related content. The offerings developed by Stephen and his team served executives across roles ranging from general management to human resources to strategy and finance. Before joining FSG, Stephen was an associate in the venture capital and private equity group of WilmerHale. Stephen is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Truman National Security Project and the Glenn Pelham Foundation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Emory University and holds a JD from the Yale Law School.
- Michael D. BarnesMichael D. Barnes
Former United States Congressman Michael D. Barnes rejoined Covington & Burling LLP in January 2007 as senior of counsel.
He began his legal career as an associate at the firm from 1972 to 1975. He left the firm to accept appointment as Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission and Vice Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission.
Mr. Barnes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and represented Maryland’s 8th District until 1987. He was a member of the House leadership, serving as Assistant Majority Whip, and served on the Foreign Affairs, Budget, Judiciary and District of Columbia Committees. He chaired the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Metropolitan Affairs Subcommittee of the DC Committee. He also chaired the Federal Government Service Task Force (creating the “Excalibur Award for Distinguished Public Service”) and co-chaired the US-Brazil, US-Canada and US-Mexico Interparliamentary Working Groups, which hold annual meetings with members of the parliaments of those countries. He was also a member of the Subcommittees on Europe and the Middle East and Asia and Pacific Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee. President Reagan appointed him to serve on the Kissinger Commission on Central America and the President’s Commission on Drunk Driving.
During his congressional service he was named “one of the two dozen most influential Members of the House” by the Almanac of American Politics and the “most powerful Member of Congress from Maryland or Virginia” by the Washington Post. In 1984 he received more votes than any other candidate for U.S. Congress in Maryland history. He was selected three times “Best Public Official” by the readers of Washingtonian Magazine. The New York Times called him “the leading Democratic Party voice on human rights and democracy in Latin America.” A Baltimore Sun editorial labeled him a “pearl” among Maryland public officials.
Subsequent to his congressional service, Mr. Barnes has practiced law and served as President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Chair of the Center for National Policy, Chair of the U.S.-Panama Business Council, Co-chair of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Development Program, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Region (the “2020 Commission”); and a member of the boards of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, University of Maryland Foundation, Center for International Policy, Public Voice, Overseas Development Council, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and U.S. Committee for UNICEF.
Mr. Barnes is Lead Director and Chair of the Governance Committee of WGL Holdings, Inc and its subsidiary, Washington Gas Light Company, which provides natural gas and electricity service to more than 1,000,000 customers in Maryland, Virginia and DC. He is on the National Advisory Boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the United Nations Association. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, Pacific Council on International Policy, and Inter-American Dialogue (a group of leaders from the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean who meet regularly to address hemispheric issues).
In the political arena Mr. Barnes has been Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic National Committee, Staff Director of the National Democratic Platform Committee, Chief Spokesman on Platform Issues for two Democratic Presidential Nominees, Chair of the successful 1992 Maryland campaign for President of then Governor Bill Clinton; four times a Delegate to National Democratic Conventions and three times a member of the National Democratic Platform Committee. He was selected to serve as one of Maryland’s 10 Electors in the 2008 Presidential Electoral College.
He is the author of books on foreign policy and politics and has been published in dozens of newspapers and journals and interviewed on television hundreds of times in the United States and around the world, including 4 appearances on “Meet the Press” and more than 30 on PBS’s “News Hour.” He has been a paid commentator for NBC News on international and domestic issues. He has been honored by the nations of Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Israel, Panama and South Korea. (Israel designated a 13-story dormitory for Jewish refugees from Ethiopia “Beit Barnes” (“Barnes House”) in recognition of his role in “Project Moses” which rescued thousands).
Mr. Barnes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studied international relations and economics at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland, and received his Juris Doctor Degree with Honors from the George Washington University Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve, receiving the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He speaks French. He has been a Adjunct Professor of Law at American University and has lectured at colleges and universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Mr. Barnes and his wife, Joan Pollitt, reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Naples, Florida. They have two sons, Stuart and Daniel Pollitt, and two daughters, Dillon Barnes Cox and Garrett Barnes.
- R. Hunter BidenVice Chairman, Truman Center Board of DirectorsR. Hunter BidenVice Chairman, Truman Center Board of Directors
Mr. Biden serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of CNP and Managing Partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, Chairman at Rosemont Seneca Advisors and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a national law firm based in New York. Mr. Biden is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Masters Program in the School of Foreign Service.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of World Food Program USA and as a Director on the not-for-profit Boards of the Truman National Security Project, the Center for National Policy and the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). Mr. Biden is a member of the CSIS Executive Council on Development, the Chairman’s Council of the National Democratic Institute (NDI); and the President’s Advisory Board for Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. From 2006-2009, Mr. Biden served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving as Vice Chairman from 2007-2009. Mr. Biden was honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Previously, Mr. Biden was a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP; was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America Bank. He is also a member of the bar in the State of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
- Coit BlackerCoit Blacker
Coit Blacker is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
He served as director of FSI from 2003 to 2012. From 2005 to 2011, he was co-chair of the International Initiative of the Stanford Challenge, and from 2004 to 2007, served as a member of the Development Committee of the university’s Board of Trustees.
During the first Clinton administration, Blacker served as special assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and senior director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the NSC, he oversaw the implementation of U.S. policy toward Russia and the New Independent States, while also serving as principal staff assistant to the president and the National Security Advisor on matters relating to the former Soviet Union.
Following his government service, Blacker returned to Stanford to resume his research and teaching. From 1998 to 2003, he also co-directed the Aspen Institute’s U.S.-Russia Dialogue, which brought together prominent U.S. and Russian specialists on foreign and defense policy for discussion and review of critical issues in the bilateral relationship. He was a study group member of the U.S. Commission on National Security in the 21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission) throughout the commission’s tenure.
In 2001, Blacker was the recipient of the Laurence and Naomi Carpenter Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching at Stanford.
Blacker holds an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies for his work on U.S.-Russian relations. He is a graduate of Occidental College (A.B., Political Science) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A., M.A.L.D., and Ph.D).
Blacker’s association with Stanford began in 1977, when he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Arms Control and Disarmament Program, the precursor to the Center for International Security and Cooperation at FSI.
- Terry Gamble BoyerTerry Gamble Boyer
Terry Gamble Boyer is a writer and philanthropist who lives in San Francisco with her husband, Peter Boyer.
She serves on the boards of The Ploughshares Fund, The Urban School of San Francisco, Island Press Publishers, and her family foundation concentrating on energy and climate change. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, she is the author of two novels published by William Morrow and Harper Collins.
- Michael BreenPresident and CEOMichael BreenPresident and CEO
Michael Breen is President and CEO of the Truman Center and Truman National Security Project, a nationwide community of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions. Breen and his team serve and support over 1,700 veterans, frontline civilians, policy experts, and political leaders in more than 40 states, who are all united in the belief that America is strongest when we stand with our allies to lead, support, and defend a growing global community of free people and just societies.
Previously, Breen led soldiers in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as a U.S. Army officer, including a year as a Platoon Leader in the Pech and Korengal Valleys with the 173rd Airborne. After leaving the military, he served in the Office of White House Counsel and co-founded the International Refugee Assistance Project, working with refugee families in Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. Breen is a recognized leader at the intersection of national security, energy policy, and climate change, and was one of the original members of Operation Free. His writing and commentary has been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront and The Situation Room, FOX’s Tucker Carlson Tonight and FOX & Friends, MSNBC’s The Last Word, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and numerous other outlets and publications.
Breen holds a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from Dartmouth, having also studied in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the United Kingdom. A proud New Hampshire native and former ice climbing instructor, Breen’s past adventures have included climbing El Capitan, spending several months at sea aboard a tall ship, and completing a year-long overland journey across Asia from the Himalayas to the South Pacific to the Bosphorus. He now spends his time trying to keep up with his amazing daughter, who leads him on new adventures almost every day.
- Rachel BronsonRachel Bronson
Bronson is the President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists where she oversees the publishing programs, the management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change and emerging technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught "Global Energy" as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Bronson served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Earlier positions include senior fellow for international security affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and adjunct professor at Columbia University. Bronson's book, Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), has been translated into Japanese and was published in paperback in June 2008.
Her writings have appeared in hundreds of publications including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and The Chicago Tribune. She has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television outlets, including National Public Radio, CNN, al Jazerra, the Yomiuri Shimbun, "PBS NewsHour," "The Charlie Rose Show," and "The Daily Show." Bronson has served as a consultant to NBC News and testified before the congressional Task Force on Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, and the 9/11 Commission.
Bronson is a board director of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani and the Truman National Security Program. She has served as co-chair of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Producer Guild, and as a board member of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Bronson was named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of 100 Women to Watch (2012), 20 Women to Watch by Crain’s Chicago Business (2008), a Carnegie Corporation Scholar (2003) and a Glamour Magazine “Wow Woman” (2002). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Pacific Council. She earned a BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1997.
- Canon BrooksCanon Brooks
Canon Robert Brooks is a priest of the Diocese of Connecticut (The Episcopal Church) and Canon for International Affairs of the Diocese of El Salvador. He is President of the national Episcopal Urban Caucus, one of the most distinguished organizations in the Church, which advocates for justice and urban issues. He is Vice President of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (North American) which has transformed parishes for over 60 years in the U.S. and Canada. He represents The Episcopal Church on the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation which develops guidelines for the reform of liturgical rites in Anglican Churches in 165 countries.
Canon Brooks was elected to membership on The Bretton Woods Committee to honor his successful role in the passage of full Congressional funding for debt relief for the world’s poorest countries, by organizing active support from over 500 corporations while Director of the Business Partnership for a New Global Future (1998-2001). He is the only priest among the corporate CEO-members of The Bretton Woods Committee.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy in Washington, DC. He serves as Board Treasurer of Generations Family Healh Center based in Willimantic, CT, with additional health centers in Putnam, Danielson, and Norwich.
From 1988-1998, he was Director of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church. Among foreign policy issues in which he was directly involved, he served as the back-channel peace facilitator, at the behest of the U.S. Government, the Government of El Salvador, and the FMLN, to get peace talks started and to ensure their successful conclusion, ending the civil war in El Salvador. Because of that success, he was invited to play a similar role to end the civil war in The Philippines. He worked with South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Namibian Bishop James Kauluma to bring democratic transitions from an apartheid system to both of those countries. Canon Brooks worked with heads of government, democracy movements, and religious leaders in the Middle East in the search for peace in that region. He was a member of international election observer missions for the first free elections in Namibia (1989), El Salvador (1991, 1994, 1997), and The Czech Republic (1990), as it is now known. He was invited by the President of Hungary (1990) to assist with drafting of their new constitution, a role he was also asked to play with new constitutions in Namibia (1989) and El Salvador (1992). He was invited on President Clinton’s State Visit to Ireland to celebrate the Peace Accords because of his work back-channel on conflict resolution.
On domestic legislation, Canon Brooks was asked by the White House and Congressional leaders to help break legislative logjams behind the scenes. Among other pieces of legislation, he played a definitive role on passage of such laws as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National and Community Service Act (Americorps), the Omnibus Crime Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the International Religious Freedom Act. He organized religious community support for ratification by the Senate of the treaty banning chemical weapons.
In 1984, he was appointed by Governor Mark White of Texas to serve on the Texas State Health Coordinating Council (1984-1989). The chair of the Council appointed him to chair the Legislative Committee. In that capacity, Canon Brooks led the successful passage of the first comprehensive legislation by any state to respond to the AIDS pandemic. It became a model for other states. In Congress, he worked with the Texas Delegation to get the National Health Service Act reauthorized and to pass the Ryan White Care Act to provide a national response to the AIDS pandemic.
Canon Brooks has Masters’ degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and his undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University. He was elected to membership in the North American Academy of Liturgy and Societas Liturgica (global academic society).
He is the Rector (Retired) of St. Paul’s Church, Willimantic, CT (2001-2004), and served as Assisting Priest at St. Thomas’ Church, Washington, DC (1984-2001), and Vicar of All Saints’ Church, Baytown, TX (1973-1983).
For his work around the world in conflict resolution, he was invested by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, the oldest British order of chivalry.
- Shari K. BryanShari K. Bryan
Shari Bryan is NDI’s vice president. She joined NDI in 1998 and served as senior associate and regional director of the Institute’s democratic programs in Southern and East Africa from 2001 to 2008.
She has worked in more than 30 countries, promoting democratic assistance programs in Africa, and conceptualizing projects on political party finance, governance, HIV/AIDS, and more.
She has appeared on CNN and the BBC, testified before Congress, and presented papers before organizations like the National Intelligence Council, the UNDP, and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
She co-authored Money in Politics – A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries (2005), and Transparency and Accountability in Africa’s Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature (2007).
She previously worked on negotiating the Compact for Free Association in 2004 in the former UN Trust Territory of Palau. She also served with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
- Shannon BugosCommunications and Writing CoordinatorShannon BugosCommunications and Writing Coordinator
Shannon Bugos is the Communications and Writing Coordinator for the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center. In this position, she assists Truman members or principals with writing, editing, and pitching op-eds in news outlets across the U.S.
Before joining Truman, Shannon worked at the International Baccalaureate as a quality assurance specialist, providing feedback on ways to improve event planning and management in locations worldwide. She also interned in the grant-writing department at the American Relief Coalition for Syria. Her responsibilities included collaborating with members to write and to apply for grants funding projects such as refugee support groups, mentoring sessions, and career advising programs.
In May 2016, Shannon graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in English and Peace Studies and minored in Business Economics. As an undergraduate, she traveled to Dublin and Belfast as part of an independent research project to study the influence of literature on the Northern Ireland peace process. She also served as president of the ND Women’s Boxing Club. When Shannon is not indulging in her great love of ice cream, she can be found reading, hiking, or roadtripping.
- Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Previously he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he worked in energy, retail, economic development, and logistics. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford and a Bachelors in History and Literature from Harvard, where he was student advisory committee president at the Institute of Politics. He was the Democratic nominee for Indiana State Treasurer in 2010 against Richard Mourdock, and has been involved with the Truman Project since 2005.
Elected in 2011 at the age of 29, he is America’s youngest mayor of a city with over 100,000 residents. He is president of the Indiana Urban Mayors’ Caucus, and was recently called “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” by the Washington Post. A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he is spending most of 2014 on deployment to Afghanistan.
- Ryan CahillDigital ManagerRyan CahillDigital Manager
Prior to joining the Truman Project in the Spring of 2016, Ryan worked on Capitol Hill in the Office of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) where he served as Press Assistant/Legislative Correspondent. In addition to managing the Congresswoman’s social and digital media portfolio, Ryan worked to bolster the office’s traditional media outreach and corresponded with constituents on a range of federal issues. He also worked on Rep. Beatty’s primary and general congressional campaigns in Columbus, Ohio throughout 2012.
Ryan is originally from Ohio, and holds degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Cincinnati. Outside of work, Ryan is an avid triathlete and a connoisseur of spicy food.
- Mackenzie CannonPolitical Affairs CoordinatorMackenzie CannonPolitical Affairs Coordinator
Mackenzie Cannon is the Political Affairs Coordinator at Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project. In this role, Mackenzie works with the political team to execute political programming.
Prior to joining Truman, Mackenzie worked in marketing at Merryck & Co, a C-suite mentoring firm. While there she worked closely with the managing partners to develop content and drive logistics for market facing events.
Originally hailing from Seattle, Mackenzie earned her B.S. in economics from American University. As a student she interned at the Truman Project, GlobalGiving, and APCO Worldwide, and spent her summers leading kayak trips in the Pacific Northwest.
- Martin ChavezMartin Chavez
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin Chavez began his organizing in college as a volunteer at La Paz with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. He returned to New Mexico to coordinate the statewide grape and non-union wine boycott for the UFW.
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, he practiced law in Albuquerque and was the first and founding Director of the New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration. Thereafter, he served 5 years in the New Mexico State Senate where he passed early voting, motor voter and post card voter registration. He resigned when he was elected full time Mayor of Albuquerque.
Chavez served 3 terms (12 years) as Mayor and was a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Time Magazine named him one of the 25 most dynamic Mayors in America. Amongst other things, he founded the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science, a charter school that is now ranked number 1 in New Mexico for Math, Science and Reading and was recognized last year by the Washington Post as the 48th most competitive High School in America. During his tenure, Forbes ranked Albuquerque the number 1 City in America for jobs and careers. Albuquerque was also voted the greenest City in America by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Chavez served on the International Board of Directors of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and after leaving office, became the Executive Director of ICLEI USA in Washington, D.C. until 2012. ICLEI USA has performed most of the climate change and sustainability plans for local governments around the country. Chavez has lectured around the world on sustainability, climate change and water and has testified at the request of the White House at COP 15 in Copenhagen and COP 16 in Cancun.
He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) which is an umbrella group of 19 national Latino organizations voicing Latino concerns on All Things Internet. He is also a Senior Governmental Advisor to P3gm, a New York based smart cities startup company specializing in Public Private Partnerships.
Martin Chavez also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) the Board of Directors of American.
- Pierre ChaoPierre Chao
Mr. Chao is a co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors and Enlightenment Capital. He brings three decades of aerospace/defense strategy management consulting, investment banking, equity analysis, investing and policy analysis expertise. Prior to establishing Enlightenment Capital (2012) and RSAdvisors (2008), Mr. Chao was the Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based, non-partisan defense and foreign policy think tank, from 2003-2007; where he still remains as a Senior Associate.
Before joining CSIS in 2003, Mr. Chao was a Managing Director and senior aerospace/defense analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1999-2003, where he was responsible for following the U.S. and global aerospace/defense industry. He remained a CSFB independent senior adviser from 2003-2006. Prior to joining CSFB, Pierre was the senior aerospace/defense analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1995-1999. He served as the senior aerospace/defense industry analyst at Smith Barney during 1994 and as a director at JSA International, a Boston/Paris-based management consulting firm that focused on the aerospace/defense industry (1986-88, 1990-93). Mr. Chao was also a co-founder of JSA Research, an equity research boutique specializing in the aerospace/defense industry. Before signing on with JSA, he worked in the New York and London offices of Prudential-Bache Capital Funding as a mergers and acquisitions banker focusing on aerospace/defense (1988-90).
Over the course of his Wall Street career, Mr. Chao’s team was ranked #1 by Institutional Investor every year eligible and he was on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team every year eligible. He participated in 31 landmark aerospace/defense equity offerings/IPOs raising $11.7 billion and dozens of buy-side and sell-side M&A assignments.
He is also a guest lecturer at the National Defense University and the Defense Acquisition University, he has served on multiple Defense Science Board task forces and was a member of the Defense Business Board (2010-2013). He is a member of the board of directors of KeyW Corporation (Nasdaq:KEYW), Channel Technologies and Vistronix Intelligence & Technology Solutions. He is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and holds a Series 79 license.
Pierre earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Management Science from M.I.T.
- Steven CohenSteven Cohen
Steve is a Chicago based attorney who is nationally recognized for his representation of whistleblowers.
Since 2001, Steve’s law firm, Cohen Law Group, has been representing private citizen whistleblowers that uncover fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer-funded programs. He has prosecuted dozens of cases of fraud involving health care, government contracting, and federally insured financial institutions that has returned more than a half-billion dollars to states and federally funded programs.
Since 2009, Steve has become involved in producing social impact documentaries. Steve has helped finance and co-executive produce dozens of films including Hell and Back Again, Fambul Tok, Words of Witness, The Island President, How to Survive a Plague, The Crash Reel, Pandora’s Promise and Inequality for All and Our Nixon.
In 2012, President Obama appointed Steve to the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, an independent federal agency that provides scholarships to students seeking professional careers in public service.
Steve sits on a number of academic Boards. Steve is a Trustee for Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. He is also a Trustee of the TCS Education System, a network of independent graduate and professional schools.
Steve also serves on a variety of non-profit boards, including the Mikva Challenge, the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, and the President’s Counsel of Taxpayers Against Fraud.
- Chris CoonsChris Coons
Chris Coons is a United States senator from Delaware.
In his first three years as a United States Senator, Chris Coons has worked hard to find bipartisan solutions to the issues confronting Delaware and the nation.
As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris is working to promote America’s interests abroad and defend against global security threats. This includes advocating for peace and stability in regions plagued by conflict, supporting our troops in the field, and stemming the spread of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, he is focused on building partnerships throughout the continent and ensuring that health programs, food aid, economic development and security assistance reach those in need throughout the globe.
A 1983 Truman Scholar, Senator Coons is the first recipient of the award to serve in the United States Senate. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Trustee of the Truman National Security Project.
A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris grew up in the Pike Creek and Hockessin areas and lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.
- Joe CourtneyJoe Courtney
Congressman Joe Courtney has represented the Second District of Connecticut since 2006, home to the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton and Submarine Base New London. He serves on the House Armed Services, Education and the Workforce, and Agriculture Committees.
Early in his time in Congress, Courtney was highlighted by the New London Day as a “freshman with chops” for his successful efforts to build bipartisan support for boosting the procurement rate of new Virginia Class submarines– a goal critical not just for his district in eastern Connecticut but also to the long term national security strategy of our country. Courtney has since taken an active role in shaping our nation’s naval and shipbuilding policies, serving both as Vice Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. Courtney has worked to educate his colleagues on the need for robust investment in our naval and domestic shipbuilding needs, as well as achieving bipartisan success in a number of legislative efforts such as improving the Troops to Teachers program to expand opportunities for servicemembers to continue their service in our classrooms.
In 2013, Secretary Ray Mabus awarded him the Navy’s Distinguished Public Servant Award in recognition of his support to the service and its personnel.
- Greg CraigChairman, Truman Center Board of DirectorsGreg CraigChairman, Truman Center Board of Directors
Greg Craig is currently a partner at Skadden Arps in Washington, DC where he chairs the firm’s Global Policy and Litigation Strategy Group.
Mr. Craig’s long and distinguished career has included government service, the practice of law, the teaching of law and a variety of public interest activities.
Mr. Craig served as Counsel to President Barack Obama during 2008-1010. He was Assistant to the President and Special Counsel to President Clinton during 1998-1999 when he served as quarterback for President Clinton’s impeachment defense. He was part of the team that represented President Clinton in the Senate impeachment trial in early 1999. During 1997-1998, Mr. Craig served as Director of the Policy Planning Staff for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He was also appointed to be this nation’s first Special Coordinator for Tibet. During 1984-1988, Mr. Craig was Senior Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy for foreign policy and national security affairs.
Mr. Craig participated in preparing Senator John Kerry for the three presidential debates with President George W. Bush in 2004 and played the role of President Bush in the mock debates. In the presidential campaign of 2008, Mr. Craig served as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Obama and, during the process of preparing Senator Obama for his debates with Senator McCain, Mr. Craig played the role of Senator McCain.
Mr. Craig has many years of experience as a trial lawyer. He has participated in many high profile cases and represented many prominent government officials, private individuals and U.S. corporations. In the course of his legal career, Mr. Craig has represented CIA Director Richard Helms, Russian Nobel Prize Laureate Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, the father of Elian Gonzalez (Juan Miguel Gonzalez), Senator John Edwards, Governor Bill Richardson and the individual who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley.
Mr. Craig has served on the boards of many non-profit institutions such as The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the Center for National Policy, the Truman Project and Ford’s Theatre.
Mr. Craig graduated from Harvard College in 1967, received a Diploma in Historical Studies from Cambridge University in 1968 and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1972. He has taught trial practice at both Yale and Harvard law schools.
- Mitchell DraizinMitchell Draizin
Mitchell Draizin is the founder and principal of Longview Capital Advisors.
The company serves as an investment and mortgage advisor and banker to New York Metro area based middle market real estate builders and developers.The focus is on “market rate” projects in underserved markets and property types. He is actively involved in national, state and local Democratic politics, primarily through fund raising and offering strategic advice for certain elected officials, candidates, the DNC and DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee).
- John DriscollChairman, Truman Project Board of DirectorsJohn DriscollChairman, Truman Project Board of Directors
John Driscoll, CEO of CareCentrix, brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the company. Prior to CareCentrix, John served as President at Castlight Health, a health-care technology company. Previously, John served as Group President for new markets at Medco and led product development for Medco’s employer and health plan clients. At Medco, he was responsible for corporate development and the company’s entry into Medicare, international markets and pharmaceutical services.
John founded and chaired the Surescripts ePrescribing Network, and served as an advisor to Oak Investment Partners, holding a number of senior operating positions at Oxford Health Plans, including corporate vice president for government programs.
John has a BA and MBA from Harvard University as well as an M.Phil from Cambridge University in England. He is the chairman of the Truman National Security Project and is an advisory board member of Bread for the World.
- Tammy DuckworthTammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth is the U.S Representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.
Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.
Duckworth lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband Bryan, an Army Major. Duckworth declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
- Steve ElmendorfSteve Elmendorf
One of the leading lobbyists in Washington DC, Steve Elmendorf represents some of the nation’s most important corporations, trade associations and organizations on critical legislative and regulatory issues. Elmendorf founded Elmendorf | Ryan in 2006.
He was named by The New Republic as one of Washington’s “Most Powerful, Least Famous People” and listed twice on GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington, D.C.”
Elmendorf served as a senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt for 12 years. While in the leader’s office, he was named every year by Roll Call newspaper as one of the 50 most powerful staff people on Capitol Hill.
Elmendorf served as chief of staff and senior advisor for Gephardt’s 2004 Democratic presidential campaign and deputy campaign manager for Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.
Elmendorf also serves as Chair of the Victory Fund and is a member of the boards of The Whitman-Walker Health Center and the Public Policy Committee of the Trevor Project.
- Eric FanningEric Fanning
Eric Fanning was the 22nd Secretary of the Army, appointed by President Obama on May 18, 2016. He is the first person to have held senior Presidential appointments in all three military departments.
As Secretary of the Army, he had statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army, its $147 billion budget, and it’s 1.4 million people: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
He was appointed Acting Secretary of the Army by President Obama in November of 2015, after having served as Acting Under Secretary of the Army (the number two civilian position in the Army) and Chief Management Officer since June 30, 2015.
Fanning previously served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense. He helped manage Secretary of Defense Carter's transition, built his leadership team, and oversaw the day-to-day staff activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
From April, 2013 until February, 2015, he served as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force (the number two civilian position in the Air Force). As Under Secretary and Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, he oversaw an annual budget of more than $110 billion by serving as co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council, and also led the Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council, the Force Management and Development Council, and numerous other Air Force decision-making bodies.
From June, 2013 through December, 2013 Fanning simultaneously served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force.
From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer. In this role, he led the department's business transformation and governance processes and coordinated several efforts to identify enterprise-wide efficiencies.
From 2008 to 2009, Fanning was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, which issued its report in December of 2008. He joined the commission staff from CMG, a strategic communications firm, where he was managing director. From 2001 to 2006, he was Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at Business Executives for National Security, a Washington, DC-based think tank.
Prior to joining BENS, Fanning was at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, another strategic communications firm. From 1997 to 1998, he worked on the national and foreign assignment desks at CBS National News in New York. From 1991 to 1996, he worked in various political positions in Washington, D.C.: he was a research assistant with the House Armed Services Committee, a special assistant in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
- Mary FetchetMary Fetchet
Mary Fetchet co-founded Voices of September 11th (VOICES) and, today, is establishing the VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience to share lessons learned with communities impacted by acts of mass violence and natural disasters.
Mary Fetchet co-founded Voices of September 11th (VOICES) following the death of her 24 year-old son Brad on 9/11. Her unique background as a mother of a victim, along with 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker, influenced VOICES innovative approach to providing long-term support services for victims’ families and survivors. Today, Fetchet is establishing the VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience to share lessons learned with communities impacted by acts of mass violence and natural disasters. A strong advocate for victim’s families and public policy reforms, she was instrumental in campaigning for the 9/11 Commission and testified before Congress on five occasions. Her work has brought substantial recognition including induction into the Hall of Fame at Columbia University School of Social Work, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams feature Making a Difference, “Connecticut’s Most Uncommon Women” Award, and ABC News Person of the Year.
- Nathan FletcherNathan Fletcher
Nathan Fletcher is a Marine Corps combat veteran, former California State Assemblyman and Professor at the University of California.
Nathan Fletcher also serves as the Senior Director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Qualcomm Incorporated. As an elected member of the California State Assembly Fletcher served as Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Jobs in the New Economy and is the author of the landmark public safety legislation “Chelsea’s Law”.
Before his election to the legislature, Nathan served as a Human Intelligence/Counterintelligence Specialist in the United States Marine Corps where he was decorated for valor in combat. He is the Chairman of the Three Wise Men Foundation, a veteran focused organization he founded in memory of his friends killed in action in Afghanistan.
Additionally, Nathan has been active in work with international non-governmental organizations to build and improve democracies in countries including East Timor, Cambodia, Serbia and Myanmar.
He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights, a Kauffman Fellow and a member of the national advisory boards for both Organizing for Action and the Truman National Security Project. Fletcher is an Ironman Triathlete and avid outdoorsman who enjoys surfing and alpine mountaineering/glacier climbing.
- Michele FlournoyMichele Flournoy
Michele Flournoy is a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group.
From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s FY2013 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress.
After the 2008 election, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD.
In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies, and served as CNAS’ President.
Previously, she was senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and, prior to that, a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU).
In the mid-1990s, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy in the Clinton administration.
She received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, 2011, and 2012, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2000 and 2012, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1996.
She is a frequent commentator in the media, has edited several books and written dozens of reports and articles on a broad range of defense and national security issues.
She now serves on the Board of Directors of both CNAS and the Atlantic Council. She is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a member of the Defense Policy Board, the DCIA’s External Advisory Board, the Aspen Strategy Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Women in International Security.
She earned her B.A. from Harvard University and her Masters in International Relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Newton-Tatum Scholar.
- Stephen FlynnFormer CNP PresidentStephen FlynnFormer CNP President
In January 2010, Dr. Stephen Flynn became the sixth President of the Center for National Policy, founded in 1981. He focused the work of the Center on informing and advancing societal and infrastructure resilience and lead the effort to organize the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC to mark the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks.
Prior to being selected to lead the Center, he spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Flynn is the author of the critically acclaimed The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and the national bestseller, America the Vulnerable(HarperCollins 2004). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 9/11 he has provided testimony on twenty-six occasions on Capitol Hill. Dr. Flynn is one of the world’s leading experts on maritime and transportation security issues. Prior to September 11, 2001, he served as an expert advisor to U.S. Commission on National Security (Hart-Rudman Commission), and following the 9/11 attacks he was the principle advisor to the bipartisan Congressional Port Security Caucus, and advised the Bush Administration on maritime and homeland security issues. He currently serves as a member of the bipartisan National Security Preparedness Group, co-chaired by former 9/11 commissioners, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton.
He is a frequent media commentator and has appeared on Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Today Show, the Charlie Rose Show, CNN and on National Public Radio. Five of his articles have been published in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. Excerpts of his books have been featured in Time, as the cover story for U.S. News & World Report, and as the subject of two CNN documentaries.
A 1982 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Dr. Flynn served in the Coast Guard on active duty for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea, received several professional awards including the Legion of Merit, and retired at the rank of Commander. As a Coast Guard officer, he served in the White House Military Office during the George H.W. Bush administration and as a director for Global Issues on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration.
Dr. Flynn received the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees in International Politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1990 and 1991. He was a Consulting Professor at the Center of International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University from 2006-2010. He was a Guest Scholar in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution from 1991-92, and in 1993-94 he was an Annenberg Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate of laws from Monmouth University.
Dr. Flynn is the principal for Stephen E. Flynn Associates LLC, where he provides independent advisory services on improving enterprise resiliency and critical infrastructure protection, and transportation and maritime security. He also serves as Senior Security Advisor for Dowley Security Systems.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Flynn lives in Connecticut with his wife JoAnn and their daughter Christina.
- Frida GadzhimirzaevaCorporate Relations ManagerFrida GadzhimirzaevaCorporate Relations Manager
Frida Gadzhimirzaeva is the Corporate Relations Manager at Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project. In this role, Frida is responsible for maintaining and cultivating relationships with current and prospective corporate partners.
Before joining Truman, Frida worked at the Atlantic Council, a non-profit policy think tank headquartered in Washington, DC. As an Assistant Director of Development, she helped develop fundraising strategies and managed operations and fundraising efforts for two largest annual Awards dinners. During her tenure at the Council, Frida became an integral part of the Development team that was responsible for raising $4 million annually in unrestricted revenue for the organization.
Frida holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Lake Forest College, as well as a M.A. in International Policy Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Frida has studied and lived abroad in Spain, Italy, and India. In her free time, Frida enjoys photography and staying active.
- David GeanacopoulosSecretaryDavid GeanacopoulosSecretary
David Geanacopoulos is Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and General Counsel of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Mr. Geanacopoulos joined Volkswagen in 2003. He led Volkswagen’s Government Relations program in the US, and was named General Counsel in 2008.
As the Company’s chief legal officer, Mr. Geanacopoulos is responsible for the Company’s legal affairs in the United States, for government relations, and public affairs. During his tenure at Volkswagen he has helped to lead the Company’s relocation of its headquarters to the Washington area, and to establish Volkswagen’s new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Prior to joining Volkswagen of America, Mr. Geanacopoulos was a Partner in the firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld in Washington, DC. He served as a Legislative Assistant to the U.S. Representative Edward P. Boland (D-MA) from 1977 to 1983.
Throughout his career in Washington, Mr. Geanacopoulos has represented clients at the intersection of law, politics, and public policy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Economic Club of Washington.
Mr. Geanacopoulos received a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Harvard University in 1977. He received a Juris Doctor (J.D) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.
- Leslie H. GelbLeslie H. Gelb
In the universe of foreign policy, Dr. Gelb has lived and worked in three worlds.
He’s lived in the government world: he’s worked in the Senate, on the team of Senator Jacob Javits. He’s worked at the Defense Department as the Director of Policy Planning and Arms Control for International Security Affairs, where he also served as the Director of the Pentagon Papers Project. And he’s worked at the State Department, where he was Assistant Secretary of State, serving as the Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs.
He’s lived in the journalism world: where he worked for The New York Times as diplomatic correspondent, national security correspondent, deputy editorial page editor, editor of the op-ed page, and columnist. As national security correspondent for the Times, Dr. Gelb was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism.
And of course, he’s lived in the think tank world: where he’s worked as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He’s also been a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. From 1993-2003, Dr. Gelb was President of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he now serves as the Board Senior Fellow and President Emeritus.
- Gabrielle GiffordsGabrielle Giffords
Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has become known across the country for her resilience in the face of violence, and for her consensus building leadership in Congress.
Giffords was shot in the head at point blank range at a Congress on Your Corner event in Tucson on January 8, 2011. Stepping down from Congress in January, 2012, Giffords said, “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”
Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions as a way to encourage elected officials to stand up for both the 2nd amendment and safer communities by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them. Giffords and Kelly will not let leaders across the country forget that Americans are demanding responsible solutions to this critically important issue.
Giffords, who was first a registered republican, considers herself a moderate democrat. She ran in six elections in Southern Arizona and won each of them. A third generation Arizonan, Giffords has long been a gun owner and believes in the constitutional right of all Americans to safe and responsible gun ownership.
For more than ten years, Giffords has dedicated herself to public service. As the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, she represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012. Her success was credited to her reliance on the old fashioned values of kindness, candor and hard, grueling work.
In Congress, Giffords represented a diverse area that covers 9,000 square miles including a 114-mile border with Mexico. She quickly became a leading champion of border security, energy independence, and the needs of military families and veterans. Consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress, she is a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship, and government accountability.
She is married to Mark Kelly, a retired Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. Before being assigned to NASA, Kelly flew 39 carrier-based combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He was also commander of the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Giffords was for several years the only U.S. Representative with an active duty military spouse. She was recognized as the Honorary Military Spouse of the Year for 2011 by Military Spouse magazine.
Giffords holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Scripps College where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico.
- Gabby GutierrezDevelopment CoordinatorGabby GutierrezDevelopment Coordinator
Gabby Gutierrez is the Development Coordinator at the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center for National Policy, where she supports the fundraising team’s efforts to engage the organization's donors.
Gabby began her tenure with Truman as a summer intern and joined the staff full time in the fall of 2015. Before that, she was a Junior Associate at the Agenda Project, a non-profit based in Washington, DC that advocates for progressive tax and wage policies, where she worked closely with the Director of Fundraising on donor correspondence, and oversaw the company's transition to a new customer relationship management system.
A Rhode Island native, Gabby holds a BA in Political Science with a focus on International and Comparative Politics from Brown University. She also holds a black belt in karate, and once spent an afternoon deep underground in a Polish salt mine.
- Craig HansonCraig Hanson
Craig has extensive experience in venture capital and company management working to grow the next generation of leadership companies and develop new markets globally. As General Partner and Co-Founder of Next World Capital, Craig works closely with management teams on strategy and growth in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in accelerated growth, international expansion, job creation and technology innovation. He has been an investor or senior executive in more than 20 venture-backed companies.
Prior to co-founding NWC, Craig was a Vice President with FTV Capital, an expansion-stage venture capital firm with $1 billion under management investing in enterprise software companies worldwide. He was also a Principal at Vista Ventures, a technology venture capital firm, and a Vice President at Berenson Minella & Company, where he worked on large growth capital and buyout investments, as well as completed several acquisitions and financings, through the firm’s private equity and investment banking operations. He has also been the CFO of a venture-backed technology company, and began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston.
Craig has served on the Boards of or been involved with a number of investments, including: LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), Rally Software (NYSE: RALY), Dante Software (acquired by webMethods), Host Analytics, DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Virtual Instruments, NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io), SenSage (acquired by KEYW), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Cloudmark, Nimsoft/Indicative Software (acquired by CA), StrionAir (acquired by Carrier), Thought Equity, Fitness Holdings Worldwide (acquired by Forstmann Little), FM Precision, Stratavia (acquired by HP), GoodData, Aviso and Zuora.
Craig received a BA magna cum laude from Carleton College and an MS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.
- Gary HartGary Hart
Since retiring from the United States Senate, Gary Hart has been extensively involved in international law and business, as a strategic advisor to major U.S. corporations, and as a teacher, author and lecturer.
He is currently president of Hart International, Ltd., a business advisory group and Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is chair of the Threat Reduction Advisory Council at the Department of Defense, was vice-chai r of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, former chair of the Council for a Livable World, chair of the American Security Project, and co-chair of the US-Russia Commission.
Gary Hart was co-chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. The Commission performed the most comprehensive review of national security since 1947, predicted the terrorist attacks on America, and proposed a sweeping overhaul of U.S. national security structures and policies for the post- Cold War new century and the age of terrorism. For 15 years, Senator Hart was Senior Counsel to Coudert Brothers, a multinational law firm with offices in thirty-two cities located in nineteen countries around the world.
He was president of Global Green, the U.S. affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s environmental foundation, Green Cross International. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund; a member of the Defense Policy Board; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was co-chair of the Council task force that produced the report: “America Unprepared-America Still at Risk”, in October, 2002. Senator Hart was a member of the National Academy of Sciences task force on Science and Security.
Gary Hart has been Visiting Fellow, Chatham Lecturer, and Mccallum Memorial Lecturer at Oxford University, Global Fund Lecturer at Yale University, and Regents Lecturer at the University of California. He has earned a doctor of philosophy degree (D.Phil.) from Oxford University and graduate law (J.D.) and divinity (B.D.) degrees from Yale University. He was visiting lecturer at the Yale Law School and is the author of twenty books.
Gary Hart represented the State of Colorado in the United States Senate from 1975 to 1987. In 1984 and 1988, he was a candidate for his party’s nomination for President.
Senator Hart was first elected to the Senate in 1974, having never before sought public office, and was re-elected in 1980. During his 12 years in the Senate, he served on the Armed Services Committee, where he specialized in nuclear arms control and was an original founder of the military reform caucus. He also served on the Senate Environment Committee, Budget Committee, and Intelligence Oversight Committee. During his Senate years, he played a leadership role in major environmental and conservation legislation, military reform initiatives, new initiatives to advance the information revolution and new directions in foreign policy. He is widely-recognized as among the first to forecast the end of the Cold War.
Gary Hart has traveled extensively to the former Soviet Union, Europe, the Far East and Latin America. Senator Hart resides with his family in Kittredge, Colorado.
- Lukas HaynesLukas Haynes
Lukas is Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund with responsibility for managing all operations of a longstanding family foundation. He was previously vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation where he developed strategy and grants to address the climate crisis, empower low-income New York City Communities, and defend human rights. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Climate and Security and the steering committee of the Climate & Energy Funders Group. He is also a board member of Protect Our Winters.
From 2002-06, Lukas managed grant-making to promote national and international security at the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation including arms control and track two diplomacy grants in Russia and China. Lukas began his career doing policy research and field work for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Crisis Group and Oxfam UK/I. From 2000-01, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department as speechwriter for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Lukas lives in Montclair, New Jersey where he is also a trustee of Lulu’s Fund, created in his daughter’s name to provide universal access to early childhood education.
- Adam HitchcockAdam Hitchcock
Adam Hitchcock is a managing director at Guggenheim Partners. He is also a lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Before joining Guggenheim, he served as the chief of staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to that, Adam served as a special assistant in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Adam was on the Obama-Biden White House Transition Project and the Obama 2008 presidential campaign. Previously, he worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Adam is a member of the Atlantic Council and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is on the board of Urban Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that runs health, education, and character development programming for kids in the Chicago Public Schools.
He holds a JD from DePaul University College of Law and a BA with honors from Indiana University.
- Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
On January 3, 2011, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California. She is the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office in the history of California.
As chief law enforcement officer for the state, Attorney General Harris has focused on combating transnational gangs that are trafficking guns, drugs, and human beings throughout California. She has worked to increase the adoption of technology and data-driven policing to assist law enforcement in the efficient investigation and prosecution of crime, and has traveled to every region of California to expand partnerships with local law enforcement.
As chief lawyer for the people of California, Attorney General Harris has led a bold response to the state’s foreclosure crisis. She has expanded prosecutions of mortgage-related fraud and crime by establishing a multidivisional Mortgage Fraud Strike Force. On behalf of California homeowners, she secured an estimated $18 billion from the nation’s banks as part of the recent National Mortgage Settlement, including $12 billion in principal reductions. To restore transparency and fairness to the mortgage and foreclosure system, she wrote the nation’s most comprehensive package of foreclosure reforms—the California Homeowner Bill of Rights—and fought successfully for its passage through the California Legislature and saw it signed into law.
Attorney General Harris has aggressively defended the rights of consumers. She has forged innovative agreements with the technology industry to improve privacy protections and strengthen online safety for consumers across the country and has established new prosecutorial teams dedicated to fighting piracy and crimes committed online. She has also fought to preserve California’s natural resources, ensure marriage equality for all Californians, and defend the Affordable Care Act.
A career prosecutor, Attorney General Harris served two terms as District Attorney of San Francisco. Defeating a two-term incumbent, she was first elected DA in 2003, and was overwhelmingly elected to a second term in November 2007.
Attorney General Harris began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases. In 1998, she joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she led the Career Criminal Unit. She also served as the head of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Division on Children and Families.
Born in Oakland, California, Attorney General Harris is a graduate of Howard University, America’s oldest historically black university. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Attorney General Harris is author of the book Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer.
- Kathleen HicksKathleen Hicks
Dr. Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and the Director of the International Security Program at CSIS.
She previously served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, assisting in overseeing all aspects of US defense relations and policy development and leading the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance process and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. From 2006 to early 2009, Dr. Hicks served as a senior fellow at CSIS, leading a variety of research projects in the national security field. She was previously a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from Presidential Management Intern to the Senior Executive Service. Dr. Hicks holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs, and an A.B. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College.
- Tiffani HuskeyManaging Director of Finance and AdministrationTiffani HuskeyManaging Director of Finance and Administration
Tiffani Huskey is the Managing Director of Finance and Administration for the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy, where she oversees administrative and financial systems to include finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, legal compliance, and facilities management. In addition, Tiffani oversees Truman’s membership recruitment, retention and internal communications.
Prior to joining Truman, Tiffani was the Director of Operations at the National Pinball Museum, a non-profit organization that provided family-friendly cultural experiences, as well as historical and technical education about pinball to the community. In this position, Tiffani was responsible for day-to-day museum operations, training and education program and fundraising.
Prior to her work with the museum, Tiffani served as the Manager of Administration at Iona Senior Services, an organization that educates, advocates, and provides community-based services to help people age well and live well. In her role with Iona, she managed facility, human resources and information systems. During her time at Iona, she successfully implemented new fundraising and care management databases.
Tiffani attended University of Maryland where she studied Psychology with a certificate in African American Studies
A Maryland native and an avid moviegoer, Tiffani lives with her daughter in Washington, DC.
- Lester HymanLester Hyman
In 2004, the Mayor of the District of Columbia nominated Lester S. Hyman to be a Trustee of the University of the District of Columbia and his confirmation was approved unanimously by the Council of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Hyman, a Founding Partner and Senior of Counsel of the prominent Washington, D.C. law firm of Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP, specializes in creating and implementing legislative strategies and in resolving international disputes for clients, including Fortune 500 corporations, as well as countries and major companies abroad.
He brings to bear 49 years of experience in law, government and politics.
As a protégé of John F. Kennedy, he served as an attorney with the Corporation Finance Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, as senior consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as the Chief Assistant to the Governor, Secretary of Commerce and Development, and later Chairman of the Democratic Party of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Mr. Hyman has acted as an advisor to eight presidential candidates. For the Clinton-Gore Administration, he “vetted” candidate for Vice-President, Attorney-General, Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the CIA, and the U.S. Supreme Court, including preparation for Senatorial confirmation hearings. In 2000, he led a vetting team for the Vice-Presidential selection for Al Gore and in 2004 helped coordinate the vetting process for John Kerry.
He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for National Policy, one of the country’s leading public policy “think tanks.” He has taught “Decision-Making in Politics” at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves on the Board of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) and in 2004 acted as Project Director for an 18-nation IIPI conference on the creation of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
In 1990 he was a member of the International Observe Team, headed by former President Jimmy Carter, which monitored the first democratic election in the history of Haiti, and has been deeply involved in peace resolution efforts in Africa, as well as legal and governmental issues in Japan, France, Korea, Germany, England, Lebanon, Russia and the Caribbean.
In 1994, the President of the United States, upon the personal recommendation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, appointed Mr. Hyman to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission which oversaw the construction of the FDR Memorial in Washington.
From 1995 to 1997 he served on the Board of Trustees of the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California.
In 1996 President Clinton appointed Mr. Hyman to the eight-person Presidential Delegation that represented the United States at the historic Peace Accord in Guatemala that ended a 36-year civil war.
In 2003, Mr. Hyman’s book “United States Policy Towards Liberia” was published by the Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers. It is based upon the author’s eleven years of intensive involvement in the Liberian peace process.
Mr. Hyman’s biography appears in the current edition of “Who’s Who in America.” He has written extensively on U.S. and international issues, with his articles appearing in such publications as The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, CNN International, and the Fox TV national cable network as a legal/political/international expert and lectures on West African issues both in the United States and abroad.
He is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University School of Law. He lives in Washington, D.C. and also has a home in the Caribbean (on the island of Tortola) where he is a member of the Board of both the British Virgin Islands Community College and the British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust.
- Honorable Steve IsraelHonorable Steve Israel
Former United States Congressman Steve Israel currently serves as Chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute and a University Writer-In-Residence. He was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. President Bill Clinton called him "one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress." He serves as a regular political commentator on CNN.
As one of only nine members of the House Democratic leadership, Israel has a singular behind- the-scenes understanding of how Washington officials think. During his four years as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Israel was the chief architect of House campaign strategies. He was responsible for overall development of competitive House campaigns across America and was lauded for recruiting and electing the most diverse and entrepreneurial freshman congressional class in history. He developed a vast network of local, state, and federal officials throughout the nation and is considered a leading expert in congressional dynamics.
After chairing DCCC for two election cycles, Israel's House Democratic colleagues elected him to chair the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, where he led the research and development of strategic brand messaging and communications strategies for House Democrats.
But it's not just political savvy that defines Steve Israel. It's his policy depth. The New York Times noted his leadership on middle class issues.
National Security: As a member of both the House Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, Israel has a deep understanding of global security issues. He maintains strong relationships with military, intelligence and national leaders at home and abroad and is experienced in the areas of missile technology, cyberdefense and professional military education. Israel is also a widely-sought commentator on the National Intelligence Council's quadrennial forecasts of future conflict. He created the Democratic Study Group on National Security and has lectured at West Point and the National Defense University, He delivered the 2016 commencement address at the U.S. Naval War College.
Infrastructure & Energy: Israel is also considered a leader on infrastructure. He leads an ongoing dialogue between industry leaders and activists on the issue of asset repatriation and infrastructure development. On the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, he worked closely with the Department of Energy on advanced energy research and development and led the successful effort to fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. Israel also created the bipartisan Defense Energy Working Group.
Financial Services: As a former Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Israel was involved in complex policy-making including Dodd-Frank; and developed an expertise on capital market regulatory issues.
Today, Israel is a political commentator on CNN, and regularly shares his insight in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fox News, MSNBC, and elsewhere.
In addition to his post at LIU and his work with CNN, Israel is currently a strategic advisor to the Democratic Governors Association and Third Way. He serves on the Boards of Long Island University, the Truman National Security Project, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and others.
Partly based on current events and national news during his tenure in Congress, Israel published a critically acclaimed satire of Washington, entitled "The Global War on Morris" In 2014. His second novel, “Big Guns,” is expected to be published in 2018 by Simon & Schuster.
Israel graduated from George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. He has two daughters - one works as a farmer, the other in Pharma. His home is in Oyster Bay, Long Island.
- Sonya Y. JacksonSonya Y. Jackson
Sonya Y. Jackson is a leader in corporate reputation management.
She is experienced in creating and implementing strategic plans in support of business strategy and objectives with demonstrated ability in guiding a company’s mission and vision. She is a forward-thinking and action-oriented innovator focused on adding value and is a collaborative team player who has partnered with CEOs and other corporate leaders on strategy, post-merger harmonization and integration, crisis management and high profile special events. Her leadership expertise includes corporate foundation management, strategic social investments, program development, compliance and organizational planning. She has proven success in transitioning organizations from turn-around to strategic growth mode.
Sonya Jackson lives in Chicago, Illinois and serves on the board of directors of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Innovation Foundation of Chicago (Chicago Ideas Week), the Primo Center for Women and Children, the Women’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy.
- Paul KernPaul Kern
Paul Kern, GEN, US Army (Ret) is a Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group, a Director with Exelis and iRobot Corporation, and a member of the CoVant Board of Managers.
Since retiring from the Army, he has served as President of AM General, held the Class of 1950 Chair for Advanced Technology at West Point, and worked as a Vice President for Battelle and a Director on numerous boards. Kern retired in 2005 as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command. In 2004, he led an internal investigation into abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He also worked in the Department of the Army Military Deputy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, led the 4th Infantry Division, Mechanized, and was the Senior Military Assistant for the Secretary of Defense. Kern graduated from West Point with a BS and holds Master Degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
- Christopher D. KolendaChristopher D. Kolenda
Christopher D. Kolenda is an independent consultant focusing on leadership and human security in conflict areas.
He formerly served as the Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Department of Defense senior leadership and has served four tours in Afghanistan.
In 2007-08, he commanded an airborne infantry task force in Kunar and Nuristan provinces that pioneered an innovative approach to counterinsurgency. Employing locally-tailored combinations of armed diplomacy, conflict resolution, and both kinetic and non-kinetic leverage, his unit dramatically improved the levels of stability in what had been one of the most violent areas of Afghanistan.
From 2009 to 2014 he shaped every critical policy and strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. His advice has been adopted by three Secretaries of Defense and the President of the United States.
His efforts have been featured in New York Times bestsellers The Outpost by Jake Tapper and Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson, as well as in numerous newspaper and journal articles and studies.
A highly sought-after speaker and writer, Christopher Kolenda is the editor and coauthor of Leadership: The Warrior’s Art, which has appeared on the professional reading lists of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and many professional schools.
His new book, The Counterinsurgency Challenge, examines the complexities of leadership and decision-making in modern conflict.
- Peter KovlerPeter Kovler
Peter Kovler chairs the Board of the Kovler Foundations; and is Immediate Past Chairman of Board of CNP and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; and also serves on Board of Trustees of George Washington University and of National Democratic Institute.
His public service included working for former Senator Hubert Humphrey, Illinois Congressman Sidney Yates and Carter Administration Secretary of Commerce, Philip Klutznick. In documentary journalism, he served as Executive Producer of Hotel Terminus, Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, winner of 1989 Academy Award for Best Documentary; and was a Producer of Peabody Award winning The Gate of Heavenly Peace; and was Executive Producer of Dupont -Columbia Award winning, The First Fifty Years, Reflections on U.S-Soviet Relations. And in print journalism was Regular Contributor to New York Times on Southeast Asia and wrote for many other publications.
- Noah KroloffNoah Kroloff
Noah Kroloff is a Partner and Co-Founder of Global Security and Intelligence Strategies (GSIS), a consulting and advisory firm.
Kroloff served as Chief of Staff of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2009-2013, and worked on the Obama-Biden transition team advising the DHS nominee. In state government, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief Policy Assistant, and speechwriter to Governor Janet Napolitano and managed her successful reelection in 2006. Kroloff also worked as an Aide to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and taught junior-high school in the South Bronx through Teach for America Corps. He is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, holds a BA from St. John’s College and a JD from Arizona State University College of Law. Kroloff resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
- Mark LindsayMark Lindsay
Mark Lindsay served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. His areas of responsibility included the White House Military Office, which managed Air Force One, The White House Communications Agency, the Medical Unit and Camp David; running the White House Operations; and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of Administration, which was responsible for finance, information systems, human resources, legal/appropriations and security. Mr. Lindsay’s office was responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions. President Clinton selected Mr. Lindsay to be the operational lead for the White House’s 2001 transition preparation and execution.
Prior to his appointment to the White House, Mr. Lindsay served as senior legislative aid and counsel to Congressman Louis Stokes (D-OH). He worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues.
Mr. Lindsay was a member of Senator Hillary Clinton’s Minnesota Finance Committee for her 2008 Presidential campaign.
Before joining The Livingston Group, Mr. Lindsay was with UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.
Mr. Lindsay holds a graduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; a juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; a masters degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University; a graduate degree from the Advanced Management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
- UnitedHealth Group, President - AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy
- President Clinton, Assistant to the President for the Office of Managment and Administration
- U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes (D-OH), Senior Legislative Aid and Counsel
- Georgetown University, Master of International Affairs
- Case Western Reserve School of Law, Juris Doctorate
- Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota
- University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, Advanced Management Program
Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments
- Member, District of Columbia Bar
- Member, President Obama's Transition Team
- Member, Senator Hillary Clinton 2008 Presidential campaign, Minnesota Finance Committee
- Operational lead for the White House's 2001 transition preparation and execution
- Responsible for the logistics of all domestic and international Presidential travel and special air missions
- Worked closely with Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus on a number of business and economic issues
- Laura LiswoodLaura Liswood
Laura is a senior advisor at Goldman Sachs. She was previously managing director of Global Leadership and Diversity.
In 1996, Laura co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland, located in Washington, D.C. and is the Secretary General.
From 1992 to 1996 she directed the Women’s Leadership Project. To date, Laura has interviewed 20 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, which is chronicled in her book and video documentary, Women World Leaders.
Laura’s professional experience includes, consulting on diversity with global companies and the U.S. Government. She is the author of a book on service quality, Serving Them Right and in 2011 a book on workplace diversity, The Loudest Duck.
Laura is on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Women Leaders Programme at Davos. In 2000, the Secretary of Defense appointed her to a three-year term of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). She currently serves as a reserve sergeant in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Laura earned a BA from California State University, San Diego, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She earned a JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law and is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts.
- Alvin LoshakAlvin Loshak
Alvin Loshak is a Director at Bank of American Merrill Lynch and Global Head of USD Exotic Derivatives.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2012, Mr. Loshak was Managing Principal of Beresin Loshak Asset Management and spent 11 years at Credit Suisse focusing on derivatives and structured products.
Mr. Loshak has served on the Board of Trustees of Bard College at Simon's Rock and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Internationals Network for Public Schools, a non-profit organization focused on educating recent immigrants as well as policy and advocacy surrounding immigration and education.
A native of New York City, Mr. Loshak holds degrees in Economics and Finance from Babson College.
- Michael D. McCurryMichael D. McCurry
Mike McCurry is a partner at Public Strategies Washington, Inc., where he provides counsel on communications strategies and management to corporate and non-profit clients. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly four decades of experience in the nation’s capital. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004.
McCurry began his career on the staff of the United States Senate, working as press secretary to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the committee’s chairman, Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (1976-1981). He also served as press secretary to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1981-1983).
McCurry serves on numerous boards or advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the White House Historical Association and the Executive Committee of the Global Health Initiative of the United Methodist Church. He is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates which sponsors the general election debates between candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.
McCurry received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1976, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1985, and a Master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2013.
- Chris MurphyChris Murphy
Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut.
Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services.
Before his service in the U.S. Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st district in the House, and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, Cheshire and Southington. While in the Senate, he served as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee.
Senator Murphy grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts, graduating with honors and a double major in history and political science. In 2002, he graduated from UConn Law School in Hartford, Connecticut. He practiced real estate and banking law from 2002-2006 with the firm of Ruben, Johnson & Morgan in Hartford.
On August 18, 2007, Murphy married Cathy Holahan, an attorney. They have two sons named Owen and Rider.
- William McNultyWilliam McNulty
William McNulty is the Cofounder of Team Rubicon. He is a Marine who served in both the infantry and intelligence.
He has worked in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Government from The Johns Hopkins University.
- Nicco MeleNicco Mele
Nicco Mele is an entrepreneur, Harvard faculty member, and consultant who, above all else, has his finger on the pulse of what is happening in the rapidly-evolving digital age.
As webmaster for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, Mele helped popularize the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and reshaped American politics. Drawing from his experience, Mele teaches graduate-level courses on the internet and politics as a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the co-founder of EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy and consulting firm, and is the author of The End of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath, in which he explores the consequences of living in a socially-connected society.
- Jennifer MellenManaging Director of Programs and External RelationsJennifer MellenManaging Director of Programs and External Relations
Jennifer Mellen is the Managing Director of Programs and External Relations for Truman Center for National Policy and Truman Project for National Security, where she oversees the training program, chapter engagement, and the organizations’ major campaigns and initiatives. In addition, she oversees the creation and implementation of Truman’s communications and resource development strategies as well as overall brand management.
Before joining Truman in 2015 (initially as the Development Director), Jennifer spent eight years at PAI, a global advocate for reproductive rights. In that time, Jennifer managed the organization’s major gifts program, working closely with individuals and family foundations, as well as collaborated with the grants team on proposal and report development, led the annual operational planning effort for her department each year, and served as part of an internal team tasked with an organizational re-branding effort. During her tenure with PAI, Jennifer held multiple positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to her work with PAI, Jennifer spent four years at VSA arts, an international NGO focused on ensuring access to the arts for people with disabilities worldwide, where she provided key support to the Executive Office, Board of Directors, and the organization’s vast network of domestic and international affiliates.
Since 2005, Jennifer has been a member of the Junior League of Washington, serving on a variety of fundraising committees throughout her involvement. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Arts Management from Shenandoah University. A Virginia native and an avid runner, Jennifer lives with her husband, son, and shepherd-hound mix in Alexandria, VA.
- Tom McMahonTom McMahon
Tom McMahon is an attorney and co-founder of New Partners Consulting in Washington, D.C.
He has over 20 years of experience in Democratic politics, beginning on the Clinton-Gore Presidential campaign in 1992 as a regional field director. McMahon has managed successful campaign operations at the federal, state, and local level as well as numerous issue advocacy and affinity building campaigns.
From 2005-2009, Tom served as Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, where he was the principal architect of the innovative “50 State Strategy.” Prior to his tenure at the DNC, McMahon served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Howard Dean’s groundbreaking presidential bid. Before receiving his law degree from the University of Iowa, McMahon held several key positions during the Clinton Administration including working for Vice President Gore, in the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Public Affairs, and as the White House Liaison at the U.S. Information Agency.
- Steve MyersSteve Myers
Steve is a serial entrepreneur, board director, public speaker, author and aviator.
He is a nationally recognized thought leader on business competitiveness and is a frequent guest lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business on entrepreneurship. He has conducted business in a dozen countries in Europe and Asia. He graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics, is an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Software and Information Services and a recipient of the California Governor’s Special Recognition Award.
Steve serves on the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, which advises the Secretary of State on foreign policy issues. An Administration policy advisor on cyber security, he served in 2012 on the Department of Homeland Security Task Force on Cyber Security Resources, led one of the three working groups and personally briefed DHS Secretary Napolitano on the Task Force recommendations. At the Pacific Council on International Policy he is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the National Security Membership Committee.
Steve’s private equity investment company, Dolphin Capital Holdings inc., invests in innovative business strategies. Portfolio investments include: regenerative medicine, biotechnology, medical devices, applied materials development, alternative energy, distressed debt, and for income real estate. He serves on several public and private boards and is the Lead Director at Neostem, Inc., a NASDAQ traded leading innovator in stem cell research and therapies development.
Steve founded SM&A, an Aerospace & Defense Industry management-consulting firm that over 25 years grew to over $100 million in annual revenue, some 800 employees and spearheaded industry-changing innovations for winning U.S. Government contracts. During his tenure the company managed more than $360 Billion in major program competitions. After conducting a very successful NASDAQ listed IPO in 1998 he served as Chairman & CEO for another ten years. The company was sold to private equity in 2008.
A two-time US Air Force veteran, Steve is a highly accomplished aviator, with more than 5,600 hours of flight time, and ten jet type ratings. At the end of the Cold War, Steve was the first Westerner to fly an aircraft into the Kamchatka Peninsula in Far Eastern Russia. There, he led the creation of one of the earliest Russian-American joint ventures, converting a remote, but strategically located military air base into a refueling base for international cargo carriers. His book, Dancing with Russians: Adventure & Entrepreneurship in the Developing World will be in publication later this year.
- Janet NapolitanoJanet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano was named the 20th president of the University of California on July 18, 2013, and took office on Sept. 30, 2013.
She leads a university system with 10 campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resources program. The UC system has more than 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff, more than 1.6 million living alumni and an annual operating budget of more than $24 billion.
Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-13, as Governor of Arizona from 2003-09, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998-2003, and as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993-97. Before that, she practiced at the law firm of Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she became a partner in 1989. She began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
As the nation’s third Secretary of Homeland Security, Napolitano headed a department comprised of 22 agencies and directorates, and whose missions include counterterrorism, border security, immigration, cybersecurity and disaster response and recovery. The Department supports 12 Centers of Excellence through a consortium of hundreds of universities generating ideas for new security technologies.
As Governor of Arizona, Napolitano focused on education, from pre-kindergarten through public higher education. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine. Forbes magazine recently named her as one of the 10 most powerful women in the world.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Napolitano was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service by the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution in 2006. In 2012, she received the Anti-Defamation League’s William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award, which is given for outstanding achievements in combating terrorism, extremism and injustice.
A New York City native, Napolitano grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Albuquerque, N.M., where her father was dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She earned a B.A. degree (summa cum laude in Political Science) in 1979 from Santa Clara University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa, a Truman Scholar and the university’s first female valedictorian. She received her J.D. degree in 1983 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Napolitano holds honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Santa Clara University, Emory University and Pomona College. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.
- Donya NasserScoville FellowDonya NasserScoville Fellow
Donya Nasser is the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Truman Center, where she is tasked with heading the Countering Authoritarianism Initiative. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality on both a domestic and international level; empowering women, youth, and minorities to become civically engaged, and contributing to Middle East policy while combating stigmas and stereotypes. She is a 2014 Truman Scholar, and has interned for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, and the Brennan Center for Justice.
Donya served as the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations and a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board, and a member of the International Planned Parenthood Fund's Governing Council and the Youth Working Group to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
Donya is a 2016 Bustle Upstart Award Honoree, 2015 recipient of the WIN Young Women of Achievement Award in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy, and a 2014 Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman and L'Oréal College Woman of Worth. She has been featured on ABC, Al-Hurra, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, MSNBC, and Voice of America. She was named one of CDS' 2016 "30 Under 30 Leaders of Tomorrow" and Persian Tech Entrepreneurs "100 Most Influential Persian Entrepreneurs and Innovators of 2015". Donya pursued her MA in Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London as a recipient of both the John Loiello and Kamran Djam Scholarships. She is originally from Orlando, FL and now lives in Washington, D.C.
- Suzanne NosselSuzanne Nossel
Suzanne Nossel has served as Executive Director of PEN American Center, the largest branch of the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, since February, 2013.
In that capacity, she has expanded PEN’s role on issues of surveillance and digital freedom and augmented its cultural programming, membership, and support base. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA where she led a major restructuring that stabilized the organization’s finances and reinvigorated its human rights advocacy and membership engagement. Before that she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton where she spearheaded U.S. leadership in revitalizing the UN Human Rights Council, and oversaw humanitarian affairs and Congressional relations for the International Organizations Bureau. She was also the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch where she led a major strategic planning process and strengthened the organization’s global management infrastructure. During the Clinton Administration she served as Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador for UN Management and Reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. She has also served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as an Executive at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal and at Bertelsmann. Nossel spent two years in South Africa working to address political violence during that country’s transition into democracy. She has published pieces on international affairs and human rights in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, The National Interest, and Foreign Affairs magazine, where she coined the term “Smart Power,” the title of a 2004 article. Nossel received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
- Kate Offerdahl GuyPolicy Program ManagerKate Offerdahl GuyPolicy Program ManagerKate Offerdahl Guy is Policy Program Manager with the Truman National Security Project, where she leverages the expertise of its members to provide strong, smart, principled ideas to policymakers, political professionals, and leaders in Washington and across the country.For the last two years, Kate worked on Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential race, as lead staffer to campaign manager Robby Mook. Her high-level political experience builds on a policy background, specifically in the areas of international development, climate and energy, and US foreign policy.From 2012-2015, Kate worked on the negotiation of the UN Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change in various roles at the State Department, United Nations, and international organizations. Her research and analysis on these topics led to numerous published works, speaking engagements, and strategic policy agendas. She previously interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she focused on federal sustainability policies.Kate earned both a Master's in International Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, specializing in political affairs and global environmental policy. She was raised in Minnesota, and currently lives in Washington, DC.
- Leigh O'NeillManaging Director of Policy & Legislative AffairsLeigh O'NeillManaging Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs
Leigh O’Neill is the Managing Director for Policy and Legislative Affairs at the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center. In this capacity, Leigh oversees the development and implementation of national security policy initiatives across the organization, and serves as a liaison to Congress and the Executive branch, providing policymakers with expertise from the Truman Project membership. Previously, Leigh served in the Majority Office of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, assisting the Professional Staffer for the Middle East. Prior to that, she was Director of Government Relations at the Arab American Institute. Leigh has worked on local, state, congressional, and Presidential campaigns, and served as Assistant to the State Director in the Boston office of Senator John Kerry. She has worked as an Election Specialist with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) parliamentary election observation mission in Jordan, and was a Short-Term Observer on The Carter Center election monitoring delegation to Lebanon in 2009 parliamentary elections. Leigh was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study the impact of free trade on sustainable economic development in Jordan, where she worked as a research assistant at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. She holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Boston College, as well as an M.A. in American Foreign Policy and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Leigh is a proud native of Boston, Massachusetts.
- Holly PageHolly Page
Holly Page helps client organizations and individuals advance their goals through breakthrough ideas and effective strategic alliances.
Holly has worked with leading political and advocacy organizations, including Democratic and Republican Governors Associations, Republican State Leadership Committee, and American Lung Association. As Executive Vice President at the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), she developed a national network of centrist elected officials and created the National Conversation, the largest gathering of Democratic elected officials outside of the national convention.
Holly envisioned and implemented the first ever online town hall meeting with President Clinton and elected leaders. The webcast made use of the most cutting-edge technology of the time, including streaming video remote feeds that connected the President and other Democratic leaders to the American people. She conceived of and brokered partnerships with the Aspen Institute and Harvard University that resulted in a ground-breaking leadership development curriculum and retreats for centrist leaders. She led the DLC in many of its international forays including the Third Way World Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. and the Milstein Symposium Series, featuring Prime Minister Tony Blair, then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, Former President Bill Clinton and others. Holly was responsible for the vision and details of the White Oak Symposium Series, a retreat for centrist thinkers and leaders that featured the who’s who of the moderate political spectrum.
Holly has served on several boards, including No Labels, New DEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) and Blue Star Families.
Holly has also served as the Director of in-kind donations for the 1993 Presidential Inaugural, the Director of the National Finance Council of the Democratic National Committee, Western States Deputy Finance Director for the Bill Clinton for President Committee, and Deputy Finance Director for Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy of California.
A native of California, Holly studied Political Science at San Francisco State University. She lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and children.
- Karishma Shah PageCounselKarishma Shah PageCounsel
Karishma Shah Page serves as Secretary of the Board of CNP and is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of K&L Gates.
Ms. Page concentrates her practice on federal policy, focusing on tax and financial services. In addition to extensive experience with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related rulemaking activity, Ms. Page works on a variety of tax legislation and tax administrative matters.
Ms. Page develops and implements a variety of advocacy strategies to advance client objectives, both from a Congressional and administrative perspective. She also advises clients with respect to the key legislative and regulatory developments that impact their businesses. Ms. Page’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and tax-exempt entities. Additionally, she has extensive experience managing coalitions.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Page worked as a lobbyist and policy analyst for a government relations firm based in Michigan.
Ms. Page received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
- Sally PainterSally Painter
Sally A. Painter is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. Ms. Painter’s work experience includes time spent at both the highest level of government and at major corporations in the private sector. Given this diverse background, she provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results-oriented external affairs, foreign/security policy and business development strategies. Ms. Painter has an extensive track record working with Central Europe on security and policy issues, including successfully representing many of these countries on their NATO and EU bids, as well as an historic Visa Equity Coalition of seven countries where legislation was passed in the U.S. Congress which allows their citizens to enter the US visa-free.
Ms. Painter has managed many large-scale public-private projects, including as a senior advisor on the global NATO Summits including: Washington, DC--1999, Prague -- 2002, Istanbul -- 2004 and Riga -- 2006. In this capacity, she worked directly with the leadership of the host country, CEOs of global corporations, the U.S. Congress, NATO Headquarters and the Bush and Clinton White Houses to promote and educate transatlantic leaders on the importance of the NATO Alliance. Ms. Painter is also a member of the Board of the US Committee on NATO. As such, she played a significant role in supporting NATO expansion. Instrumental in this successful process was a thorough understanding and ability to work with the foreign policy decision-makers within the transatlantic community.
For the last 15 years, Ms. Painter has also worked with opposition leaders to promote democracy and transparency in countries in transition, including: Albania, Argentina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Throughout 2000 she served as Executive Director of the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade, a business group of 100 major corporate leaders that secured passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China -- the largest trade legislation ever concluded.
For three and a half years, Ms. Painter served as the Director of International at Tenneco Inc, a Fortune 500 company with manufacturing facilities in 42 countries. In this capacity, she advanced the corporation's business interests, negotiating new ventures with host governments in more than 20 countries. While at Tenneco, she was instrumental in the creation and early management of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and the French American Business Council, two public-private organizations designed to engage business leaders and government officials to resolve trade disputes.
Prior to joining Tenneco, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. As such, she helped manage the outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, by providing strategic advice and advocacy to U.S companies bidding and winning overseas contracts.
Ms. Painter is on the Board of Directors of The Truman National Security Project, the Global Fairness Initiative, Partners for Democratic Change, and 4D PAC, a progressive national security political action committee. She is also a member of the Atlantic Council. She writes frequently on European issues and has been published in the Washington Post, Politico, WE-NATO, The Hill, and the Progressive Policy Institute’s Progressive Fix, among others.
Ms. Painter’s accomplishments have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and she has been a guest speaker on Fox News Live and Al Jazeera. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Laurel Branch Award (the highest honor of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria), the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary, and The Minister of Defense’s Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia. In addition, she is a producer for the Broadway production Ann, a critically acclaimed dramatization of the life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards. She is a certified downhill ski instructor and is married with one son, George, a design stylist.
- Leon E. PanettaLeon E. Panetta
Leon Edward Panetta served as the 23rd Secretary of Defense from July 2011 to February 2013.
Before joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Panetta served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from February 2009 to June 2011. Mr. Panetta led the agency and managed human intelligence and open source collection programs on behalf of the intelligence community.
Secretary Panetta has dedicated much of his life to public service. Before joining CIA, he spent 10 years co-directing with his wife, Sylvia, the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, based at California State University, Monterey Bay. The Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit center that seeks to instill in young men and women the virtues and values of public service. In March 2006, he was chosen as a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan committee established at the urging of Congress to conduct an independent assessment of the war in Iraq.
From July 1994 to January 1997, Mr. Panetta served as Chief of Staff to President William Clinton. Prior to that, he was Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that built on his years of work on the House Budget Committee. Mr. Panetta represented California’s 16th (now 17th) Congressional District from 1977 to 1993, rising to House Budget Committee chairman during his final four years in Congress.
Early in his career, Mr. Panetta served as a legislative assistant to Senator Thomas H. Kuchel of California; special assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare; director of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights; and executive assistant to Mayor John Lindsay of New York. He also spent five years in private law practice.
He served as an Army intelligence officer from 1964 to 1966 and received the Army Commendation Medal.
Secretary Panetta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a law degree, both from Santa Clara University. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Monterey, where his Italian immigrant parents operated a restaurant. Later, they purchased a farm in Carmel Valley, a place Secretary and Mrs. Panetta continue to call home. The Panettas have three grown sons and six grandchildren.
- Stewart PatrickStewart Patrick
Dr. Stewart Patrick is senior fellow and director of the program on international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation, international institutions, and the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post-conflict states.
From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of transnational issues. Following government service, he was Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development.
Dr. Patrick is the author or co-author of four books, including Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (2011), and The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War (2009). He is also the executive producer of CFR’s Global Governance Monitor (www.cfr.org/ggmonitor), which maps and evaluates multilateral efforts to address global challenges. In addition, he writes the CFR blog “The Internationalist”. Dr. Patrick graduated from Stanford University and received his doctorate and two masters degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
- William PerryWilliam Perry
William Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University.
He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. He was the co-director of CISAC from 1988 to 1993, during which time he was also a part-time professor at Stanford. He was a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Santa Clara University from 1971 to 1977.
Perry was the 19th secretary of defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as deputy secretary of defense (1993-1994) and as under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1977-1981). Dr. Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board (DPB), the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) and the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). He is on the board of directors of Covant, Fabrinet, LGS Bell Labs Innovations and several emerging high-tech companies. His previous business experience includes serving as a laboratory director for General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964); founder and president of ESL Inc. (1964-1977); executive vice-president of Hambrecht & Quist Inc. (1981-1985); and founder and chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances (1985-1993). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 to 1955. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Perry has received a number of other awards including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association’s Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, all in mathematics.
- Connie PillichConnie Pillich
Connie Pillich is an attorney, MBA, veteran, former legislator and mom. The youngest of five, Connie grew up in a working class neighborhood. She attended public schools and put herself through college with an ROTC scholarship, student loans, and part-time work.
Connie spent eight years on active duty in the Air Force, and served in support of Operation Desert Storm. She achieved the rank of Captain and is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.
After serving in the Air Force and earning her MBA, Connie worked as a public defender and later opened her own law practice before running for public office.
Connie spent three terms as the voice of Ohio’s 28th house district. While in the legislature, Connie convened the Veterans Caucus to highlight issues facing Ohio’s military community and introduced the Ohio’s Veterans Bonus in 2009.
Currently, Connie is the principal attorney and CEO of The Pillich Group, which provides
legal, management, and development consulting services. She continues to advocate for
veterans and the military community. Connie belongs to American Legion Post 69 and VFW Post 3283.
Connie has always been an active volunteer in her community. She has dedicated her time to organizations like Special Olympics, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, United Cerebral Palsy, and Sycamore Schools.
Connie lives in suburban Cincinnati with her husband, Paul, and their two children.
- Jalina PorterPress SecretaryJalina PorterPress Secretary
Jalina Porter is the Press Secretary for the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center for National Policy where she is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic communications to enhance Truman’s press profile spanning member programming, training, and brand messaging. Prior to her arrival at Truman, Jalina most recently worked on Capitol Hill as Press Assistant in the office of Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09). Jalina began her work in public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and most recently served on the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C.
Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and having grown up in Northern California, Jalina enjoys traveling and cross cultural exchanges. She is a proud graduate of Howard University, where she was an active student and community leader. Outside of work, Jalina is an avid and passionate dancer where she has performed as a member of several professional sports dance teams, including D.C.’s NBA team, the Washington Wizards.
- Laura QuinnLaura Quinn
Ms. Quinn currently manages and helped found Catalist, which provides comprehensive voter data and related data services to progressive advocacy organizations.
She is also a founding partner of QRS Newmedia, Inc., established in 1995, which specializes in communication technology services for targeting local news media.
Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Quinn served as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore at the White House; as Director of the Democratic Technology and Communications Committee for Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle in the U.S. Senate; as Communication Director for U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Carl Levin; and Legislative Assistant for Economic Policy for U.S. Senator Joe Biden. Prior to her work in business and government Ms. Quinn served in senior management positions and consulting rolls for progressive not-for-profits including Share Our Strength, and for more than a dozen national and state-wide political and advocacy campaigns.
- Rikkia RamseySenior Manager of Programs and InitiativesRikkia RamseySenior Manager of Programs and Initiatives
Rikkia Ramsey is a Policy Program Manager at the Truman National Security Project and Truman Center. In this capacity, Rikkia leads the organization’s Energy & Climate Security and Latin America programming. Prior to her role as Policy Program Manager, she served as a liaison to Capitol Hill, providing congressional offices with policy expertise from the Truman Project membership. Additionally, she coordinated congressional programming for the organization, including Congressional Security Scholars, and policy activities on Capitol Hill. Formerly, Rikkia served on Capitol Hill as the Military Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), addressing constituent concerns regarding defense and foreign policy issues. Preceding her time on Capitol Hill, she served as a Constituent Service Representative in the Greensboro office for Senator Hagan, providing assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining military records, awards, and/or disability compensation and pension. Rikkia holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Economics from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Strayer University.
- Anthony RobinsonDirector of Training and Public EngagementAnthony RobinsonDirector of Training and Public Engagement
Anthony Robinson serves as the Director of Training and Public Engagement for Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project. He is responsible for designing, organizing, and conducting a wide range of issue-based and skill-building trainings and briefings for Truman Members, allied organizations, and political and policy leaders. He works closely with Chapter Engagement staff to execute training strategy throughout the country.
Prior to joining Truman in May 2017, Anthony served as a White House appointee during the Obama Administration at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, first with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and then with the office of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness. Due to his work across multiple military portfolios and his handling of legislative matters at the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Public Service by the Secretary of Defense. Additionally, Anthony served as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) and as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Aviation and International Affairs at the Department of Transportation.
Anthony has also served as a marketing and promotions director developing communications strategies and training resources as well as an NCO ground supply operations specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps during the drawdown of the Gulf War and in a humanitarian mission in Bosnia. He has a BA degree from North Carolina A&T State University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Anthony is also an expert thrower of Mardi Gras beads from a float and an adrenaline junkie who is planning to one day climb Mount Kilimanjaro and run with the bulls. He currently resides in Washington, DC.
- Tim RoemerTim Roemer
Tim Roemer, former six-term U.S. representative for Indiana’s 3rd congressional district, most recently served as U.S. ambassador to India.
He has a strong background in international trade and investment, education policy and national security. During his tenure as ambassador, Ambassador Roemer was charged with leading one of America’s largest diplomatic missions. Under the leadership of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he was responsible for broadening and deepening the U.S.-India partnership. He oversaw the implementation of several key policies and initiatives, including increasing cooperation, technology transfer and commercial sales in the defense and space industries; signing the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative to further expand cooperation in areas such as intelligence and homeland security, border security, money laundering and terrorist financing; and working with the United States to assist India on its Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership. He also emphasized commerce and exports, helping move India from America’s 25th-largest trading partner to 12th.
Prior to his diplomatic appointment, Ambassador Roemer served for 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was deeply engaged in efforts to improve access, standards and achievement for American education. He was a member of the 9/11 Commission and one of the first members of Congress to advocate for a more dynamic and entrepreneurial Department of Homeland Security. He also served on the Washington Institute’s Presidential Task Force on Combating the Ideology of Radical Extremism. Additionally, Ambassador Roemer has served on several other national commissions such as the 21st Century National Parks Commission, numerous advisory panels and the board of directors for the Oshkosh Corporation.
Known as a consensus-builder and problem-solver, Ambassador Roemer was also president of the Center for National Policy, where he brought together experts and policymakers to facilitate political cooperation to address critical national security challenges in a bipartisan manner.
Ambassador Roemer has served as a distinguished scholar at George Mason University and has taught at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego and master’s and doctoral degrees in American government from the University of Notre Dame. He has received distinguished alumnus awards from both schools. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland for his distinguished public service.
- Anne-Marie SlaughterAnne-Marie Slaughter
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position.
Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.
- Julie SmithJulie Smith
Julie Smith is currently Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC, Associate Fellow with Chatham House, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), and Senior Fellow for the Center for New American Security.
Smith previously served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President and the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In January 2012, she received the OSD Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Before public service, Smith was the director of the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership. She has worked at the German Marshall Fund, the British American Security Information Council, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. Ms. Smith is a recipient of fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin and the Sorbonne in Paris. She earned her B.A. from Xavier University and her M.A. from American University.
- Courtney B. SpaethCourtney B. Spaeth
Courtney B. Spaeth is a recognized expert in business development and corporate growth. She has widespread experience in both the public and private sectors, and is a sought after speaker on a broad range of business and leadership issues.
Mrs. Spaeth founded growth.[period] in 2007, and as CEO she has successfully guided the company through the acquisition of Potomac Recruiting, the development of growth.[period]’s mergers and acquisition support vertical, and a rebranding initiative. As a result of her leadership, growth.[period] has a proven track record of helping companies in both the Federal and commercial sectors achieve smart growth through business development. growth.[period]’s broad range of clients include: Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Genesys, Stanley Black and Decker, Zebra Technologies Corporation, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Sigma Tau Pharmaceutical, HIG Capital, SAB Capital, and many other Fortune 500, middle market, and private equity firms in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to founding growth.[period], Mrs. Spaeth served as Corporate Vice President of Homeland Security for Raytheon Company. While at Raytheon she was responsible for developing the company’s homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia, and in less than two years her efforts resulted in new revenue of over $1 billion USD. Before Raytheon, Mrs. Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin, where she won over $3 billion USD in new business.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Mrs. Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues. Previously, Mrs. Spaeth served as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, where she was a subject matter expert on combat stress management. Additionally, Mrs. Spaeth has also worked at the Department of Justice in the Criminal Antitrust Division, and in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House.
Mrs. Spaeth has extensive experience as a corporate board member, and serves on the Board of Directors for a number of private companies, non-profits, and professional associations, including: Momentum Aerospace Group (MAG), Marymount University, The Stimson Center, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Hope for the Warriors. She is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council for George Mason University School of Business, and serves on the Board of Advisors for AtmosAir Solutions. In addition to her Board work, Ms. Spaeth belongs to several professional organizations, including the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.; the 2024 Olympic Washington, D.C. Due Diligence Committee; the ASIS Council for Combating Terrorism; Violence and Political Instability; and the Foundation for Art Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).
Mrs. Spaeth recently received the Vigiano Family 2015 Hope and Courage Award for Service to the Veteran Community. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, and was named as one of five finalists for the Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards in the Executive Leader of the Year Category by the Fairfax, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She was also a Finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award, and was the 2010 winner of the “Heroines in Technology” Award.
Mrs. Spaeth appears regularly in national and trade media, including: Business Week, CBS News, the Washington Business Journal, Women of Influence magazine, and SmartCEO magazine. She holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Art Degree, with honors, in Military History from the University of Pennsylvania, and recently completed her Governance Fellowship through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Currently, Mrs. Spaeth resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband and children.
- Matthew SpenceMatthew Spence
Dr. Matthew Spence is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for International Affairs. From 2012 to 2015, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, where he was the principal advisor to three Secretaries of Defense for U.S. policy towards the Middle East. He was responsible for fourteen countries, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf states. During his time at the Pentagon, Dr. Spence traveled to Israel over 30 times, and played a central role in U.S.-Israel military planning, the Iron Dome program, arms sales, and policy dialogues about Iran, Syria, Egypt, and the Middle East Peace Process.
Dr. Spence also served in a senior role on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s confirmation and transition team. He received the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.
From 2009 to 20012, Dr. Spence worked at the White House on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs and as Senior Advisor to two National Security Advisors. He also served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
Dr. Spence is the co-founder of the Truman National Security Project, and started the Truman Project chapters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Haven. He was a Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford University, and has been widely published in national security and foreign policy. Trained as a lawyer, Dr. Spence also practiced criminal and international law in California, and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. A Marshall Scholar and Truman Scholar, Dr. Spence received his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University; J.D. from Yale Law School; and B.A. and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. He was born and raised in southern California.
- Alan SolowAlan Solow
Alan P. Solow is a Partner in the Government Affairs and Corporate Restructuring practices at DLA Piper LLP (US).
Solow received his A.B. from the University of Illinois, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from Harvard University, cum laude. He has been recognized by his peers through his selection as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. He represents a wide variety of clients including active participants in public-private partnerships as well as high tech entrepreneurs.
Solow has long been active in Jewish communal and foreign affairs. From January 2009 through May 2011, he served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. There, Solow met regularly with foreign policy leaders of the United States, including President Barack Obama. Similarly, Solow interacted frequently with leading Israeli figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Traveling the globe on behalf of Jewish Americans, Solow engaged with numerous heads of state and foreign policy leaders from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as with religious leaders such as Pope Benedict. Solow currently serves as the Chairman of Interfaith Youth Core, a national organization with the goal of making interfaith cooperation a social norm.
Solow also has a long term in interest in American politics. Most recently, he served as a National Co-Chair of the Obama-Biden 2012 Presidential campaign.
- Jake SullivanJake Sullivan
Jake Sullivan is the Martin R. Flug Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, as well as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He was the Senior Policy Adviser on Secretary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, he served as deputy policy director on Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and a member of the debate preparation team for Barack Obama's general election campaign. Sullivan also previously served as a senior policy adviser and chief counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar from his home state of Minnesota, worked as an associate for Faegre & Benson LLP, and taught at the University of St. Thomas Law School. He clerked for Judge Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sullivan holds undergraduate and law degrees from Yale and a master's degree from Oxford.
- Allen ThompsonAllen Thompson
Al Thompson comes to Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. as a recognized expert on national security issues with strong bi-partisan ties in the House and the Senate. He is also the Deputy Executive Director of the Technology CEO Council, where he works with prominent tech CEOs on their companies’ public policy agenda.
A strategic thinker by training, who is also a political junkie and policy wonk at heart, Al possesses a unique skill set that serves the firm’s clients well.
Al joined the firm in November 2008 after serving as Vice President of Global Supply Chain Policy at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). At RILA, Al represented the nation’s largest retail companies including Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, Gap and Costco. He led the association’s policy and advocacy efforts on supply chain, environmental sustainability and security issues. He has testified before Congress and worked with state and local governments on a variety of policy issues, including product safety, organized retail crime and “green” transportation. He played a leading role in the development of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation, a national coalition of retail, trucking and shipping companies committed to implementing sustainable measures to reduce port pollution.
Before joining RILA, Al worked on the House Committee on Homeland Security as a senior professional staff member. Al was one of the original Democratic staffers on the Committee working for both former Rep. Jim Turner (D-TX) and Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). While on the Committee, Al was the lead staffer on the subcommittees responsible for transportation security, infrastructure protection, and nuclear and biological terrorism.
Al served five years in the U.S. Coast Guard. His career included leading law enforcement missions at sea and providing intelligence reports for senior policymakers. After the September 11th attacks, he served at the Coast Guard’s Incident Command Center, where he prepared terrorism threat briefings in support of the largest port security operation since World War II. He is a recipient of numerous military and civilian awards and lives in Adamstown, MD, with his wife and their three children.
- Meghan ValleSpecial Assistant to the PresidentMeghan ValleSpecial Assistant to the President
Meghan Valle serves as the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at Truman Center for National Policy. She is responsible for managing the calendar, priorities, and duties of the President; serves as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management teams; oversees a range of special projects and events; and organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts. In her previous capacities at Truman, she has worked on the Development, Admin and Finance, and Membership teams.
Meghan is originally from Toledo, Ohio, and a proud Browns fan. She has a BA from DePaul University where she studied International Studies, Japanese Studies, and Spanish Language. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sewing, and hanging out with her cuddly cat, Butters.
- Rolando VelasquezMembership CoordinatorRolando VelasquezMembership CoordinatorRolando Velasquez is the Membership Coordinator at Truman National Security Project and Truman Center, where he works closely with the Membership Manager to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Membership Services department.Rolando started working at Truman as an intern and joined the staff full-time in 2017. He studied Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and worked as an intern for the Office of Associate Chief Counsel, General Legal Services. Rolando was a debate coach for the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, helping to coach them to a state championship and become ranked among the top 16 teams in the nation. He also served as an assistant at the Child Refugee Support Network in Dallas, where he helped refugees craft their applications for court. Rolando loves Mexican food, BBQ, and is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.
- Anne WednerAnne Wedner
Anne Terman Wedner currently serves as a Commissioner on the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. She has been a leader in grassroots political development. She was a member of the National Finance Committee and the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Obama. Anne has received awards from both the New Trier Democratic Organization and the Tenth Congressional Democrats. Previous to her political involvement, Anne developed strategic marketing and communications programs in the advertising and the financial services industries. In her early career, Anne represented the United States as a Foreign Service officer in France and Venezuela.
Anne continues her community work developing funding to promote urban sustainable agricultural methods and to support agencies that aid at risk inner city youth. Anne is also currently a Board Member of Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a “Cabinet Member” at the Roosevelt Foundation at Harvard and a board member of Harvard Alumni special interest group focused on Global Women’s Empowerment. Anne holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA from Harvard University. She is married to Marcus Wedner, and they have two daughters and a dog.
- Amy WeissTreasurerAmy WeissTreasurer
Amy Weiss has worked at the highest levels of government, and in the corporate and non-profit sectors during her 25 plus-year career in communications.
She served as Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1997 – 1999. Prior to launching Weiss Public Affairs in 2013, Weiss co-founded Point Blank Public Affairs in January 2006. Her blue-chip clients include the NFL Physicians Society, energy legend T. Boone Pickens/the Pickens Plan, acclaimed lawyer Kenneth R. Feinberg, the White House Historical Association, DISH Network, among others. Previously, Weiss was the Vice President of Public Affairs for the United Nations Foundation and Executive Director of its lobbying arm, the Better World Campaign, an organization founded by Ted Turner. She was the Senior Vice President of Communications for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and prior to that position, was Director of Public Affairs at the international firm Burson-Marsteller.
Weiss also worked for U.S. Rep. Mike Synar (D-OK) as Campaign Manager and congressional Press Secretary. At the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Weiss was Communications Director in 1997 after serving as the Press Secretary in 1996. She was the Oregon state Press Secretary for the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign. Weiss served as Communications Director at the Center for National Policy for five years (from 1988-1992), working for then Presidents L. Kirk O’Donnell and Madeleine K. Albright.
She serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for the National Museum for Women in Arts, as well as the American University’s Alumni Board of Directors and the School of Communications’ Dean’s Council.
Weiss is a graduate of American University and studied at Birkbeck College in London, UK.
- Graham WestCommunications DirectorGraham WestCommunications Director
Graham F. West serves as the Communications Director for Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project. He is responsible for leading the organization’s strategic communications and rapid response work, including daily and weekly messaging products, as well as managing the all star team that pushes Truman’s members and mission in TV, radio, print, and digital media.
Prior to joining Truman in March of 2014, Graham interned for the National Security program at Human Rights First, where he worked on policy and advocacy strategies for a robust and legal whole-of-government approach to counterterrorism. He is also a former intern at the Project on Middle East Democracy, where he researched and wrote for the Security Assistance Monitor blog on U.S. security aid to the Middle East and North Africa.
Graham has a BA from Rice University where he studied History, Political Science, and Middle Eastern Studies, and did his MA in International Affairs at the George Washington University’s Elliott School, where he wrote a thesis on advancing U.S. relations with Iran after the P5+1 nuclear deal. In his spare time, Graham enjoys geeking out over any and all new Star Wars and Marvel films as well as hanging out with his awesome cat, Erin Purr.
- Eli WilliamsonEli Williamson
Eli Williamson, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former noncommissioned officer with the U. S. Army. Eli is a co-founder of Leave No Veteran Behind, a non-profit focused on debt relief and transitional employment programs, workforce skills training, and community service opportunities for veterans.
Prior to 2009, Eli served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a psychological operations specialist and as an Arabic linguist, working on outreach to civilian communities in support of special operations forces. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals. He also served as a wildland firefighter in Montana. Eli received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Linguistics (with a minor in African studies) from Luther College in Iowa and is presently completing a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University.
- Doug WilsonChairDoug WilsonChair
Doug Wilson served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs – the Pentagon’s senior spokesman and communications strategist – during President Obama’s first term, playing key communication roles on all major national security and foreign policy issues.
He has served in senior communications positions for US Defense Secretaries William Cohen, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta and has three times been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor. Wilson previously served as Board Member and Executive Vice President of the Howard Gilman Foundation, overseeing domestic and international policy programs at White Oak, including seminal successor-generation leadership conferences on India, Russia, the Pacific Rim, Pakistan, Europe, Islamic societies, women as leaders of change, public diplomacy, international development assistance and military families. In 1996, he led the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign team in his home state of Arizona, resulting in the only Democratic presidential victory in that state since 1948. A former Foreign Service officer, Wilson served as Political Director of the Democratic Leadership Council;USIA’s Congressional Director and Senior Advisor; a Vice President of The Cohen Group and Business Executives for National Security; and strategic communications consultant for such companies as Boeing and Microsoft. He is now Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Advisors at the Truman Center, serves on the boards of Blue Star Families and America Abroad Media and is co-founder of the national “Vets Community Connections” initiative.
- Tony WoodsTony Woods
Tony Woods works for Cisco as an advisor to government clients focused on innovation and security.
Prior to joining Cisco, Tony served the Obama administration as a White House Fellow. Before that, he also managed a team developing volunteer-driven solutions for American cities as a program director at ServiceNation and served as an aide to the Governor of New York.
In 2009, Tony launched a bid to represent California’s 10th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. As an officer in the U.S. Army, Tony deployed twice to Iraq and earned the Bronze Star. Tony has written op-eds on politics and national security for The Washington Post, Daily Beast, and Huffington Post and appears regularly on TheAgenda on SiriusXM and Fox News’ Power Play. He has an M.P.P. from Harvard and a B.S. from West Point. Originally from northern California, Tony currently lives in Washington, DC with his husband Zack.
- William YorkWilliam York
As the Executive Vice President of 2-1-1 San Diego, Bill York operates one the most successful 2-1-1 providers in the nation. With his diverse expertise and knowledge in business management, care coordination service, and funding models, coupled with his spirit of collaboration and partnership, Bill has successfully secured 94% the organization’s $11million budget in fee-for-service contracts and business partnerships.
Joining 2-1-1 in 2007, Bill dedicated his focus to developing strong teams of staff to manage the many operational hubs of 2-1-1 San Diego. Overseeing 130 staff, Bill guides and directs seven teams to meet the organization’s mission and goals, including the 2-1-1 contact center, the ACCESS center in partnership with the County of San Diego, Enrollment Services department, Courage to Call and Health Navigation centers, Quality Assurance department, Finance and Human Resources, Information Technology and Data, and Business and Partnership Development. Together, under Bill’s leadership and vision, these teams have built a state-of-the-art 2-1-1 Connections Center that has welcomed 10,000 visitors since opening its doors in February 2016, and provides a space for the community to gather to incubate ideas to improve service barriers with partners.
Committed to improving access to services for the active duty military, Veteran, and their families, Bill is a strong local and national advocate for this community. In 2011, he worked with the County of San Diego, Mental Health Systems, Veterans Village, and the San Diego Veterans Coalition to launch Courage to Call, the first program sustainably funded by the County of San Diego through Mental Health Service Act funding. Leveraging 2-1-1’s infrastructure and best practices, today Courage to Call is the region’s premier specialty program assisting military, Veterans, and their families by providing peer support, access to resources, training and care coordination. Bill led the efforts to gain national attention for this collaborative work; securing $2million in federal funds to improve transportation and access formation for Veterans and their families, and being a model of best practice of service delivery.
Bill is the Co-chair of the Governing Council for the Military Transition Support Project that oversees Zero8Hundred, a transition program for our military and Veteran community. He also served as the Chair of the San Diego Veterans Coalition, building a 140-member group to enhance the support of Veteran community, and remains a dedicated member of the board. Most recently, he is the region’s lead in launching Vets’ Community Connections, working with national funders and local supporters to create this community-based initiative that involves a greater number of individuals and companies contributing to Veteran reintegration efforts. He has been appointed to serve on the Truman National Security Project Advisory Board, is a board member of Full Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT), and Operation Engage America. In 2015, Bill was recognized as the San Diego Veteran of the Year by California State Assemblymember Toni Atkins.