NSI Announces New Advisory Board members and Fellows, as well as Fellows Promotions

NSI Announces New Advisory Board members and Fellows, as well as Fellows Promotions


Arlington, VA – The National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School today announced sixteen prominent additions to its Advisory Board, whose members bring decades of experience from across the federal government.  These new members have storied careers in national security, with experience ranging across senior roles in federal government, intelligence, and technology.   The new NSI Advisory Board members are:

  • Amb. Cindy Courville – First U.S. Ambassador to the African Union
  • William Evanina – Former Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Sue Gordon – Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
  • Gilman Louie – Chief Executive Officer, LookingGlass Cyber Solutions, Inc.
  • Ellen McCarthy – Former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research, Department of State
  • Dr. Julia Nesheiwat – Former Homeland Security Advisor, National Security Council
  • Leon Panetta – Former Secretary of Defense, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

More information on NSI’s full Advisory Board can be found here.

NSI also added to its robust roster of Visiting Fellows – all of whom make vital contributions to NSI and support NSI’s mission through their research and scholarship, panel and event discussions, and media and Congressional and executive branch engagement.  New NSI Visiting Fellows include:

  • Steven Arango – Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Kendrick Ashton – Co-Founder, Managing Partner, The St. James Group
  • August Bauer – Unit Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Carter Burwell – Counselor to the Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Geoffrey Cain – Senior Fellow, Lincoln Network
  • Charles Carithers – Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Brock Dahl – Counsel and Head of U.S. Fintech, Freshfields
  • Tyler Davidson – Associate General Counsel, Public Sector at Databricks
  • Michael DiRoma – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of the Treasury
  • Paul Drury – Former Director for Legislative Affairs, Defense/Intelligence, National Security Council
  • Andrew Eck – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Department of the Treasury
  • Wendy Knox Everette – Senior Security Advisor, Leviathan Security Group
  • Thomas Feddo – Founder, The Rubicon Advisors, LLC
  • Kara Frederick – Research Fellow in Technology Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Preston Golson – Director, Brunswick Group (Washington, D.C.)
  • Mark Grider – Partner, Cadwalader
  • Larry Hanauer – Vice President for Policy, Intelligence and National Security Alliance
  • Jennifer Hay – Senior Director, DataRobot, Inc.
  • Heather A. Hopkins – Former Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Cordell Hull – Former Under Secretary for Industry and Security, Department of Commerce
  • Barbara Hunt – Founder and Chairman, NetAbstraction
  • Erin Joe – Senior Vice President, Mandiant Strategy and Alliances, and former Director Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
  • Tanveer Kathawalla – Managing Partner & Founder, Pioneer1890
  • Karen Kraybill – Director, Cyber Special Programs Division, Cyber Intelligence Directorate, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at Headquarters Department of Energy
  • David Lasseter – Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Department of Defense
  • Roslyn Layton – Senior Vice President, Strand Consult
  • Jane Lee – Former Senior Adviser, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
  • John Lin – Principal, F-Prime Capital
  • Dan Lips – Head of Policy, Lincoln Network
  • Dirk Maurer – Vice President, Strategic Account Development, Layer 8 Security
  • Caleb McCarry – Principal, Yorktown Solutions
  • Sultan Meghji – Chief Innovation Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Brian Moore – Former National Security Council Advisor, Executive Office, US Agency for International Development
  • Courtney Reinhard – Former Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
  • Matt Perault – Director, Center on Technology Policy, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Alexandra Seymour – Chief of Staff, CalypsoAI
  • Shane Shook – Venture Consultant, ForgePoint Capital
  • Brandon Soroudi – Security Consultant, Blackberry
  • Maggie Sprenger – Co-Founder and General Partner, Green Cow Venture Capital
  • Sarah V. Stewart – Executive Director, Silverado Policy Accelerator
  • Hayden Stone – Former Senior Director for Strategic Initiatives, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
  • Laura Thomas – VP of Corporate Strategy, ColdQuanta
  • Jennifer Valentine – Senior Technical Program Manager, AWS
  • Eric Wenger – Eric Wenger, Senior Director, Technology Policy, Cisco Systems
  • Lauren Zabierek – Executive Director, Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center
  • Mary Ellen Zurko – Technical Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Additionally, in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the work of the National Security Institute, NSI is proud to announce several promotions within its class of Visiting Fellows:

Promotions to Senior Fellow:

Promotions to Fellow:

  • Carter Burwell – Counselor to the Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Jennifer Cafarella – Chief of Staff, Institute for the Study of War
  • Dan Currell – Former Deputy Under Secretary and Senior Advisor, Department of Education
  • Gary Evee – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Evee Security Consulting Group
  • Zach Graves – Executive Director, Lincoln Network
  • Joshua C. Huminski – Director, Mike Rogers Center for Intelligence & Global Affairs
  • Sarah V. Stewart – Executive Director, Silverado Policy Accelerator
  • Morgan Viña – Vice President for Government Affairs, Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA)
  • Rob Walker – Executive Director, Homeland Security Experts Group

More information on NSI’s full roster of experts, including all of NSI’s faculty and fellows, can be found here.

“We are thrilled to be announcing yet another terrific group of individuals to NSI’s Advisory Board and our Fellows cohort that once again highlights the diverse range of experts and practitioners who feel strongly that America ought continue to lead in the world and argue for a robust American foreign policy,” said Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute.  “NSI plans to spend the next year focused on America’s response to global repression with regimes like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea leading the way to repress populations at home and to export their repression overseas as we’ve seen catastrophically in recent weeks in Ukraine and elsewhere, as well as protecting America’s national security and economic capability that is built on rapid technological innovation, and these experts will help us lean forward in those areas,” said Jaffer.

About the National Security Institute
The National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School aims to be the intellectual powerhouse supporting a robust American national security posture—dedicated to incorporating a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and finding real-world answers to hard national security questions and providing them to policymakers in way they can easily consume.  We strive to educate future leaders and to shape the debate on critical issues by providing balance to the public discourse and identifying solutions that both enable a robust national defense and safeguard our constitutional liberties.

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 37,000 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.