- 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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- Bernadette ArmendarizTraining CoordinatorBernadette ArmendarizTraining Coordinator
Bernadette is the Training Coordinator for the Truman National Security Project and the Truman Center for National Policy where she assists the Director of Training and Public Engagement with the department’s day-to-day functions as well as providing support for the Training and Development of Certified Truman Trainers (CTTs) and duties related to the delivery of training and organizational development programs.
Bernadette is a native of El Paso, Texas and most recently worked as a Political Operations Coordinator and Call Time Manager for the Joseph Kopser for Congress campaign in Texas’s 21st Congressional District. She has also worked as a Policy Intern in the Texas Senate Office of Jose Rodriguez. Bernadette has a B.A. In Government with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her collegiate experience she strove to fight for progressive policy initiatives during her time as a volunteer for Democratic groups and organizations on campus, intern at the Texas Capitol, canvasser for a political consulting firm, and lobby intern at a health care association.
The leaders she has had the honor to work for and learn from have inspired her to commit to public service and fight for progressive policy initiatives. She hopes to begin a career in national security with a focus on international development and continue to face the challenges to help her grow in a professional and personal capacity. “If I were to remain comfortable in the work I do or the experiences I encounter, I would not be expressing my true self.”
- 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.
- Jenna Ben-YehudaPresident and CEOJenna Ben-YehudaPresident and CEO
Jenna Ben-Yehuda is President and CEO of the Truman National Security Project a national grasstops membership organization comprised of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions. She is also the founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Network, a global membership organization of 3,500 national security professionals in 100 countries. Previously, she served as CEO and Founder of JBY Global, LLC, a strategic advisory consultancy and as Vice President of Foreign Affairs at WWC. She served for 12 years at the State Department in a range of policy, intelligence, and programmatic roles in the Western Hemisphere. A fluent Spanish speaker, she holds bachelors degrees in International Affairs and Spanish from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University (GW), an MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, and an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. In 2017, Ms. Ben-Yehuda co-authored #metoonatsec, an open letter on sexual harassment and assault in the national security community and since then has led advocacy efforts to make workplaces safer for women through government oversight and reform. She teaches a graduate seminar on Security in the Americas at GW and is a frequent media contributor on women's leadership and national security. Her writings and interviews have been featured in Foreign Policy magazine, Time Magazine, Slate, CBS This Morning, and FedNews Radio.
- 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.
- 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.
- Susan BrophySusan Brophy
For more than 10 years at The Glover Park Group, Susan Brophy has used her expertise in trade, energy and environment, telecom and intellectual property to represent clients in Congress and with the Administration.
Before joining GPG, Susan was a Senior Vice President at the Time Warner Global Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. She was responsible for issues related to the protection of intellectual property, telecommunications and trade for Time Warner’s seven business units. She also advised Chairman and CEO Dick Parsons on politics and policy.
In 1998, Susan moved to Lisbon, Portugal with her husband, Gerald McGowan, the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. While there, Susan taught courses on American Government at Universidade Catolica. During this period, she also served as a board member of the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy
Previously, Susan served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, where she developed, implemented and directed legislative strategy with the White House, Administration and Congress in support of President Clinton’s policy priorities.
Susan served as Chief of Staff to Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO) and Congressman (later Senator) Byron Dorgan (D-ND).
Susan received a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University. She currently serves on the board of the ISCTE Business School of Portugal. Susan lives with her husband in Arlington, VA.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Mark CunninghamDevelopment DirectorMark CunninghamDevelopment Director
Mark Cunningham serves Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project as Development Director. He is responsible for leading the organization’s development strategy. Prior to joining the Truman community Mark served for almost three years as TechSoup’s Washington DC based Senior Director for Development and Government Affairs. He led the San Francisco based nonprofit’s fundraising and partnership efforts in Washington DC and facilitated collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy, the U.S. Department of State, the National Democratic Institute and New America to name a few.
Before taking on the newly created role with TechSoup, Mark helped spearhead the German Marshall Fund’s democracy and civil society development programming across Europe and Europe’s periphery. During his 11 years with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, he created and managed several funds supporting democratic transition and civil society development in the Western Balkans, the wider Black Sea, Belarus and the Middle East – North Africa region. He focused on bringing together diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors in support of regional initiatives by creating partnerships with the U.S. Government, European governments and private organizations like the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation committed to supporting civil society, free media and democratic transition more broadly.
Mark has testified before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and has written extensively on critical issues, including press freedoms, supporting emerging democracies in Ukraine and Georgia, and human rights issues.
Prior to working for the GMF, Mark was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Romania and then worked to preserve and grow green space along the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania with the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area.
Mark is proficient in Romanian and Hungarian. He has an MA in Gender and Culture from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
- 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.
- Jon FinerJon Finer
Jon Finer is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2017 and focuses on political and regulatory risk and opportunities. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Jon was the Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Jon is a Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project and serves on the advisory board of Diplomacy Works. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Carrie KagawaChief of StaffCarrie KagawaChief of Staff
Carrie Kagawa serves as Chief of Staff at the Truman National Security Project. Prior to this, Carrie served in roles across the government, most recently as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia, working to build capacity in a local non-profit. Before Peace Corps, Carrie held positions in the Obama Administration to include Senior Advisor and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Carrie also served at the U.S. Department of Defense, in a range of national security roles, including the Office of Rule of Law and Detainee Policy. This included a six-month civilian deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, working on U.S. detention policy, operations, and transition. Previous positions include service in the White House and U.S. Senate. Carrie holds an MIPP from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and BA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Frank KendallFrank Kendall
Frank Kendall is an independent consultant to defense industry firms and non-profit research organizations. He is an Executive in Residence at Renaissance Strategic Advisors in Rosslyn, VA, a member of the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Kendall served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). Mr. Kendall has more than 45 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. Earlier in his career Mr. Kendall was the Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, and the Deputy Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Tactical Warfare Programs. In addition, Mr. Kendall is an attorney and has been active in the field of human rights, working primarily on a pro bono basis. In 2016, Mr. Kendall was named "Aviation Week and Space Technology" Person of the Year (together with Secretary ash Carter and Deputy Secretary Robert Work). He is the author of "Getting Defense Acquisition Right" (Defense Acquisition University Press 2017). Mr. Kendall holds degrees from West Point, the California Institute of Technology, the C W Post Center of Long Island University, and Georgetown University Law Center. He is an avid sailor and ocean racer and resides in Falls Church, VA, with his wife Beth and youngest son, James.
- 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.
- 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 LiswoodInterim Board ChairLaura LiswoodInterim Board Chair
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 RamseyDirector of Policy and AdvocacyRikkia RamseyDirector of Policy and Advocacy
Rikkia Ramsey is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Truman National Security Project and Truman Center. In this capacity, Rikkia oversees the organization’s state-level advocacy work while also supporting Truman’s efforts and presence on Capitol Hill. Additionally, Rikkia directs the organization’s policy posture, tapping expertise from the Truman membership. Prior to her role as Director, Rikkia served as the Policy Program Manager at Truman where she led the organization’s advocacy programming, and managed the organization’s largest advocacy campaign on Energy & Climate Security. Previously, as a Policy Coordinator at Truman, she served as a liaison to Capitol Hill, and coordinated congressional programming for the organization.
Formerly, Rikkia served on Capitol Hill as a 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.
- 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.
- Rolando VelasquezMembership ManagerRolando VelasquezMembership ManagerRolando 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.
- 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 WilsonChair EmeritusDoug WilsonChair Emeritus
Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate in February 2010 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Doug Wilson was the first openly-gay individual to be Senate-confirmed to a senior-level Pentagon position. He served until March of 2012 (when he retired from government) as the senior spokesman for the Department of Defense and the principal communications advisor to the United States Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense. His portfolio included public information, internal information, all media and community relations, information training for the military, media analysis and communication strategy in support of Pentagon policies and activities. Mr. Wilson led a worldwide public affairs community (the US government’s largest) of several thousand military and civilian personnel.
Mr. Wilson has three times (1999, 2001 and 2012) been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon’s top civilian honor.
During his tenure as ASD/PA, Mr. Wilson was responsible for the development and implementation of Pentagon communication strategies and policies on issues including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, China the “Arab Spring”, the budget, sexual assault prevention, WikiLeaks, NATO, military commissions at Guantanamo, journalist safety on the battlefield, military families, wounded warriors, cyber security and counterterrorism, including communications in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Wilson played a key role in the Pentagon and across government for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” legislation. He also conceived and helped to implement the first-ever White House “state dinner” for Servicemembers, honoring men and women from all US states and territories and all Service branches who served on the battlefield in Iraq.
A native of Tucson, Arizona and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mr. Wilson previously served as Board Member and Executive Vice President of the Howard Gilman Foundation, overseeing the development and implementation of the Foundation’s domestic and international policy programs at White Oak. He is a co-founder of the White Oak collaborative on veteran and military family issues.
- 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.