The National Security Institute Welcomes New Advisory Board Members, Visiting Fellows, and Announces Promotions For Spring 2023

January 25, 2023
Contact: Brooke Aghakhan

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

Arlington, VA – The National Security Institute is honored to announce three new members to its distinguished Advisory Board.  NSI’s Advisory Board supports both the Institute’s educational mission and NSI’s goal to be a leading bipartisan voice on critical issues facing our nation.

  • John Demers — Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice
  • Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson (ret.) — Sergeant at Arms, U.S. Senate
  • Kathryn Wheelbarger — Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense

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

NSI also added to its impressive roster of Visiting Fellows. These experts join NSI’s Fellows Program, which is made up over one hundred experts who make outstanding contributions to NSI through research, public engagement, Congressional engagement, and media appearances.

  • Samantha Clark — General Counsel, Rebellion Defense
  • Christopher Grieco — Former Associate Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Neil Jenkins — Chief Analytic Officer, Cyber Threat Alliance
  • Mary Monica Palmer — Head of Government Affairs, Epirus, Inc.
  • Jill Sanborn — Former Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Neill Sciarrone — CEO, Tribal Tech, LLC
  • Jeffrey Wells — Partner, Sigma7 Global Cyber Risk and Intelligence Practice

Additionally, in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the work of the National Security Institute, NSI is proud to announce the following promotions of Visiting Fellow to Fellow:

“NSI is thrilled to be starting the 2023 strong by announcing a terrific group of Fellows and Advisory Board members for our Spring 2023 cohort. These individuals will play a critical role furthering NSI’s mission of strengthening American national security and global leadership by educating future leaders and advancing actionable solutions based on practical experience,” said Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. “These new experts bring critical expertise as well as deep commitment to furthering NSI’s key policy goals for 2022-23 of fighting global repression and strengthening America’s technological innovation base,” said Jaffer.

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

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 University

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.