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

September 30, 2020
Contact: Grant Haver


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.  The new NSI Advisory Board members are:


  • Dmitri Alperovitch — Co-Founder and Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator; former Co-Founder and CTO of Crowdstrike
  • Aaron Hughes — Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Margaret Peterlin — NSI Distinguished Fellow and Former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Yleem Poblete — NSI Distinguished Fellow and Former Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, U.S. Department of State
  • Linton Wells II — Executive Advisor, C4I & Cyber Center, George Mason University


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

NSI also added to its strong roster of Visiting Fellows who make vital contributions to NSI and provide crucial expertise to the broader national security community through their research, scholarship, and public engagement.  New NSI Fellows include:


  • Mika’il Ali — National Security Attorney, United States Cyber Command
  • Major Salahudin Ali — Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Megan Ammirati — China Analyst, TextOre
  • Lyndon Brown — Vice President, Business Development, FireEye
  • Scott Cullinane — Executive Director, US-Europe Alliance
  • Gary Evee — Founder and CEO, Evee Security Consulting Group
  • Briana Petyo Frisone — National Security Sector, Guidehouse
  • Bishop Garrison — Director of National Security Outreach, Human Rights First
  • Courtney Greeley — Vice President of Customer Success, IronNet Cybersecurity
  • Courtney Hall — Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hillcrest Venture Partners
  • JC Herz — Chief Operating Officer, Ion Channel
  • Lisa Kaplan — Founder, Alethea Group
  • Adrian Mayers — Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Premera Blue Cross
  • Joseph Moreno — General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, SAP National Security Services Inc.
  • LTC Mike Nelson — Professor of Military Science, George Mason University
  • Amira Valliani — Co-Founder and CEO, Glow
  • Melissa Vice — Chief Operating Officer, Vulnerability Disclosure Program, Department of Defense Cyber Crimes Center
  • Peter Villano — Director, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft
  • 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.


“These additions to NSI’s Advisory Board and Fellows cohorts represent our continued commitment to identifying a highly-qualified and diverse group of experts that are committed to America’s strong role in the world and ensuring that our nation is well-positioned with a robust national security posture in the decade ahead,” said Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute.  “These new experts and their strong backgrounds in government and industry will provide NSI with the ability to remain at the forefront of providing real-world, concrete, and actionable recommendations to American policymakers that take a realistic view of the threat facing our nations,” 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.