NSI Welcomes New Advisory Board Members and Visiting Fellows


March 1, 2018
Contact: Jessica Jones

The National Security Institute Welcomes New Advisory Board Members and Visiting Fellows

Arlington, VA – The National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School today announced five prominent additions to its Advisory Board.  These new members include:

  • Jim Haynes: Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Michael McConnell: Former Director of National Intelligence
  • Philip R. Reitinger: President & CEO, Global Cyber Alliance
  • David R. Shedd: Former Acting Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Julie Myers Wood: CEO, Guidepost Solutions; Former Head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

These national security leaders add decades of distinguished experience to NSI’s bipartisan Advisory Board that already includes a former CIA director, a former NSA director, and a former U.S. Attorney General.  More information on NSI’s full Advisory Board can be found here.

NSI also added to its impressive roster of Visiting Fellows.  NSI’s newest Fellows served as leaders in Congress and the Executive branch, and continue to hold senior positions in the private sector and academia.  These new Fellows include:

  • Michael Bahar: Partner & Co-Leader, Eversheds Sutherland Global Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice; Former Minority Staff Director, U.S. House Intelligence Committee
  • David C. Blake: Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Philip Bridwell: Chief Counsel for Sales, Contracts & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Christopher Bright: Diplomatic Historian
  • James Burchfield: Professional Staff Member, U.S. House Committee on Small Business
  • David B. Coher: Former Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity, Southern California Edison
  • Michael Ehrlich: Chief Technology Officer, IronNet Cybersecurity
  • Jamie Fly: Senior Fellow and Director of the Future of Geopolitics and Asia Programs, German Marshall Fund of the United States; Former Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio
  • Sarah Geffroy: Former Chief Counsel, U.S. House Intelligence Committee
  • Amyn Gilani: Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Adam Golodner: Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
  • Will Lin: Principal, Trident Capital Cybersecurity
  • Jack Livingston: Senior Manager of Government Relations, Raytheon; Former Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Shannon Kellogg: Director of Public Policy, Amazon
  • Dean Reuter: General Counsel, The Federalist Society
  • Dan Wagner: Legislative Liaison, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Russell Wald: Senior Manager of External Affairs, Hoover Institution
  • Steven Witt: Partner, DataTribe

These experts join a class of over thirty Fellows who have already made outstanding contributions to NSI through policy papers, panel discussions, and other scholarship.  A complete list of NSI Visiting Fellows can be found here.

About the National Security Institute

The National Security Institute serves as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.  NSI draws on the experience of its visiting fellows, as well as its highly distinguished advisory board and faculty, to produce timely research and policy materials that deliver insightful analysis and actionable recommendations to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as those on Capitol Hill.

About the Scalia Law School

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is defined by three words:  Learn.  Challenge.  Lead.  Students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).  It has been one of America’s top-ranked law schools for the last fifteen years.

About George Mason

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university.  Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states.  Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.