Prior to ODNI, Borene was turnaround CEO of a publicly traded US encryption developer and a Managing Director at a leading international cybersecurity company. He held management roles at IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, LexisNexis, and Wells Fargo. He founded and led public private partnerships in areas including cybersecurity, robotics, and open source intelligence (OSINT). In the Intelligence Community, Borene was a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and an advisor to leaders at Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Defense. He studied peace-building and community policing in Northern Ireland, as a U.S. State Department funded fellow. After 9/11, he served as a Marine Corps military intelligence officer, including overseas as the Special Security Officer (SSO) at 1st Marine Division during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In academia as an adjunct professor, Borene has written and edited books, chapters and articles on US Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Irregular Warfare, Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Technology and National Security Law.
Borene has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College. He completed the US Marine Corps’ Amphibious Warfare School and an executive education program in international development finance at Harvard University. An enthusiastic traveler and foreign language student, he spent significant periods of time in Rome, in London, and was a high school exchange student in the Mexican state of Chiapas. He is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.