The Honorable Dr. Edwin Dorn is Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught defense policy and courses about the relationship between race and immigration policy. The Honorable Dorn was the dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Dorn spent 20 years in Washington, D.C., where he worked on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and served as Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) in the Clinton administration. During the 1980s, he was affiliated with the Joint Center for Political Studies and the Brookings Institution.
A native Texan, Dr. Dorn served as an officer in the U.S. Army. His major publications include Rules and Racial Equality and Who Defends America? which he edited. He was an adviser to the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.”
Dr. Dorn is a member of the board of the Kettering Foundation and has served on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Seton Family of Hospitals. He also participates in the Dartmouth Conferences, an ongoing series of “back channel” meetings between prominent citizens of the United States and Russia.
Dr. Dorn graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. at Yale University.
The Honorable Sherri Goodman is an experienced leader and senior executive, lawyer, and board director in the fields of national security, climate change, energy, science, oceans, and environment. Ms. Goodman is the Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate and Security, the global forum for military leaders and security professionals dedicated to addressing the security risks of a changing climate. She is a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate and Security. Previously, she served as the President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. She previously served on the ISAB from 2013-2017.
Ms. Goodman served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), where she was also the founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, whose landmark reports include National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007); National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change (2014); Advanced Energy and U.S. National Security (2017); and The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict (2017), among others. The film, The Age of Consequences, in which Ms. Goodman is featured, is based on the work of the CNA Military Advisory Board.
Ms. Goodman served as the first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) from 1993-2001. Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA’s Climate Change Award. Ms. Goodman has served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn. She has practiced law at Goodwin Procter, as both a litigator and environmental attorney, and has worked at RAND and SAIC.
Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council; the Council on Strategic Risks; the Joint Ocean Commission Leadership Council; the Marshall Legacy Institute; the National Academies Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Change Research Program; Sandia National Laboratories’ Energy and Homeland Security External Advisory Board; the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, served on its Arctic Task Force in 2016 and chaired the Advisory Committee on Governing Solar Geo-Engineering in 2021-22. She has also served on the Responsibility to Protect Working Group that was co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2010, Ms. Goodman served on the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel co-chaired by former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.
A summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College, she has degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Amherst College in 2018.
Dr. Daniel Byman is a professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Dr. Byman served as a Professional Staff Member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (the “9/11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He also worked as the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and as a Middle East analyst for the U.S. intelligence community.
Dr. Byman’s most recent book is Spreading Hate: The Global Rise of White Supremacist Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2022). He is the author of several other books on counterterrorism, state sponsorship of terrorism, and conflict and terrorism in the Middle East.
Dr. Byman received a B.A. in religion from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Patricia Falcone is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She is the principal advocate for the Lab’s science and technology base and oversees the strategic development of the Lab’s capabilities. She is responsible for LLNL’s collaborative research with academia and the private sector, as well as its internal investment portfolio.
Dr. Falcone joined LLNL in 2015 after six years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she served as the Senate-confirmed Associate Director of OSTP for National Security and International Affairs. In that capacity, she led a team that advised on the science and technology dimensions of national security policy deliberations and on federal support of national security research and development.
Earlier, Dr. Falcone held technical and management positions at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, including Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, and senior manager for Systems Analysis and Engineering. Her work at Sandia focused on the assessment of new technologies for mission applications and on advanced energy conversion technologies.
Dr. Falcone chairs the advisory committee for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton. She is a commissioner on the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers led by the Council on Competitiveness and a member of the Leadership Council of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Dr. Falcone earned a B.S.E. in aerospace and mechanical sciences at Princeton University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Julie E. Fischer is the Technical Director for Global Health at CRDF Global, an independent non-profit organization that works to empower people and programs to prevent, detect, investigate, and mitigate disease threats worldwide. Before joining CRDF Global in 2020, Dr. Fischer served as the Director of the Elizabeth R. Griffin Program and Associate Research Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University, where she led a multidisciplinary team to promote evidence-based biosafety and biosecurity practices, and to help partner nations strengthen their capacities to detect and characterize disease threats rapidly, reliably, accurately, and safely. She continues to teach the Master’s in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy Program at Georgetown, as an Adjunct Professor, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Prior to joining Georgetown’s faculty in 2016, Dr. Fischer co-directed a multi-disciplinary team in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, leading projects designed to help governments and international agencies understand the resources needed to detect, assess, report, and respond to emerging public health events effectively. From 2007-2012, Dr. Fischer directed Stimson’s Global Health Security Program, exploring the tools, policies, and partnerships that strengthen global capacities for disease detection and response.
Dr. Fischer is a former Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science & Technology Fellow. She completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute after receiving a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. James Goldgeier is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Visiting Fellow on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Goldgeier serves as the chair of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Goldgeier is also a professor of International Relations at American University, where he served as Dean of the School of International Service from 2011-2017. Dr. Goldgeier’s areas of expertise include contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, U.S.-Russia relations, and NATO.
Dr. Goldgeier was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2017-2019. In 2018-19, he held the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. Prior to joining American University, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Dr. Goldgeier also taught at Cornell University, and he has held several public policy appointments and fellowships, including Director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff; Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress; and Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2001-2005, he directed George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.
Dr. Goldgeier has authored or co-authored four books including: America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-authored with Derek Chollet); Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (co-authored with Michael McFaul); and Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO. He is the recipient of the Edgar S. Furniss book award in national and international security and co-recipient of the Georgetown University Lepgold Book Prize in international relations.
Dr. Goldgeier serves as a senior adviser to the Bridging the Gap Project, which encourages and trains scholars and doctoral students to produce research-oriented policy-relevant scholarship and theoretically grounded policy work, and he is also the co-editor of the Bridging the Gap Book Series at Oxford University Press. He is past president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (2015-2017).
Dr. Goldgeier received a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an A.B., magna cum laude in Government from Harvard University.
Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (Center) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an immunologist by training.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led the Center’s ongoing efforts to track the development and marketing of molecular and antigen tests and serology tests, as well as the development of national strategies for COVID-19 serology (antibody) tests and SARS-CoV-2 sero-surveys in the United States. She also has written about the scientific response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contested origin of SARS-CoV-2, and the implications for national and international security.
Dr. Gronvall is a member of the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee, which provides recommendations to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and is a public forum for the discussion of the scientific, safety, and ethical issues associated with emerging biotechnologies. From 2010 to 2020, Dr. Gronvall was a member of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, which provided the Secretary of Defense with independent advice and recommendations on reducing the risk posed by nuclear, biological, chemical, and conventional threats to the United States, its military forces, and its allies and partners. During 2014 to 2015, she led a preparatory group that examined the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and made recommendations for the Department of Defense future actions in response to disease outbreaks. She served as the Science Advisor for the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism from April 2009 until the Commission ended in February 2010. She has testified before Congress about the safety and security of high-containment biological laboratories in the United States and served on several task forces related to laboratory and pathogen security.
In addition to being a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Gronvall is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism). Prior to joining the Bloomberg faculty, she worked at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. She was also a National Research Council postdoctoral associate at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Dr. Gronvall is the author of Synthetic Biology: Safety, Security, and Promise. In the book, she describes what can be done to minimize technical and social risks and maximize the benefits of synthetic biology, focusing on biosecurity, biosafety, ethics, and U.S. national competitiveness – important sectors of national security. Dr. Gronvall is also the author of Preparing for Bioterrorism: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Leadership in Biosecurity.
Dr. Gronvall received a B.S. in biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins for work on T-cell receptor/MHC I interactions.
Dr. Gregory Hall is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He previously served as Head of the Department of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Morehouse College. Dr. Hall has held appointments at institutions both in the United States and internationally, the latter including Hong Kong and Turkey. Dr. Hall helped to direct the initiative to establish a peace studies program at Morehouse, as well as the initiative to create the college’s Asian and Middle East Studies Program.
Dr. Hall’s primary areas of teaching and research include international relations; international security; foreign policy; Global South affairs; international political economy; Eurasian affairs; and research methodology. Dr. Hall is the author of several articles and is co-editor of (and contributor to) the book, Eternal Colonialism (University Press of America, Inc., 2010). His most recent book is titled Authority, Ascendancy, and Supremacy: China, Russia, and the United States’ Pursuit of Relevancy and Power (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2013). Dr. Hall’s forthcoming book is titled Examining U.S.-China-Russia Foreign Relations: Great Power Politics in a Post-Obama Era (Routledge/Taylor & Francis.)
Dr. Hall is an active member of the community, with appointments to the United Nations Association (President of UNA-USA Bluegrass Chapter) and Daisy Alliance (where he serves as Executive Director). He serves as a consultant at the Union of Concerned Scientists, focusing mainly on Congress and the public and nuclear threat and policy. Dr. Hall previously served on the State Governing Board of Common Cause Georgia, as well as the Georgia Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He has made numerous public appearances in various media outlets, schools, churches, and community organizations.
Dr. Hall completed a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations from Howard University. He also holds a Master’s in Political Science (Howard University), as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German (Northwestern University). Dr. Hall was a 1997 Fulbright Fellow in Kazan, Russia, and a former National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellow. In addition, he was inducted into Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honor Society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society).
Admiral (Ret.) Cecil Haney serves on the Board of Directors at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He also serves on the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers and has served as a co-chair for the China-US Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Before retiring from the United States Navy, Admiral Haney served as Commander U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). USSTRATCOM at the time was responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives involving nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare.
Before taking command at USSTRATCOM, he served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. responsible for the operations and readiness of the US Navy fleet located in the Pacific and Indian oceans and as the Deputy Commander of USSTRATCOM. His career as a submariner included a variety of operational and command assignments at sea and ashore. He also served as a member of the Congressionally mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission that produced a detailed report in 2011 and recommendations for improvement.
Among many other decorations, Admiral Haney received the Navy Distinguished Service medal, the Defense Superior Service medal, the Legion of Merit, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. He was the 1998 Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient while in command of the fast attack submarine USS Honolulu.
He received Masters’ degrees in National Security Strategy from National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and in System Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dr. Nola Haynes is a political scientist, teaching in international relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her research centers on national security and foreign policy issues particularly arms control and international security. Dr. Haynes traveled extensively, conducted research in West Africa and Central America on the intersections of terrorism, religion, gender, crisis, and conflict. She was named one of the top 50 leaders in national security and foreign affairs by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Diversity in National Security (DINSN) and was the former Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) West Coast Chapter.
Dr. Haynes serves on several boards, including the Women’s Caucus for the International Studies Association communications team (WCIS), Foreign Policy board for American Political Science Association (APSA) and ISA West. She is a member of Black Professional in International Affairs (BPIA) and alumnus of the WestExec Advisors mentoring program. As a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Dr. Haynes works as an Operations Coordinator with Evacuate Our Allies (EOA) to help resettle Afghan allies and is a policy advocate for the Afghan Adjustment Act. She has over ten years of experience working in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA).
Dr. Haynes often writes op-eds on foreign policy and is regularly invited on MSNBC to offer analysis about Russia and Ukraine and other national security related issues. She also appears on popular political and cultural podcasts and is a featured panelist on Roland Martin Unfiltered.
Dr. Haynes received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Julie Kitzes Herr was an attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State for almost 22 years prior to her retirement in 2016. For 15 of those years, her portfolio included nuclear nonproliferation and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat reduction. She advised and participated in numerous interagency delegations conducting U.S. government negotiations of international agreements with governments in Europe, Asia, and Latin America in support of the U.S. Government’s agenda on nonproliferation and peaceful nuclear cooperation. She participated in negotiations with Russia on several critical agreements in WMD threat reduction and provided significant support to the achievement of the U.S. government policy objective of creating a global civil nuclear liability regime.
Before joining the State Department, Ms. Herr served as an Associate General Counsel for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and earlier in her career she was a Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was also previously in private practice in law firms in Washington D.C. and New York, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Hansell & Post; and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. Prior to law school, Ms. Herr also worked as a legislative analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Since 2018, Ms. Herr has been a member of the Board of Governors of DACOR, Inc., and of the Board of Trustees of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation. She has also been a volunteer at the National Zoo.
Ms. Herr earned an A.B. in Government from Radcliffe College, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Dr. Michael C. Horowitz is Director of the Emerging Capabilities Policy Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Dr. Horowitz has over 20 years of experience in leadership, research, and academic roles focused on international security issues. He is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Director of Perry World House and Richard Perry Professor.
Dr. Horowitz is the author of The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics, and the co-author of Why Leaders Fight. He won the Karl Deutsch Award given by the International Studies Association for early career contributions to the fields of international relations and peace research. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals and popular outlets. His expertise includes defense innovation, the intersection of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics with global politics, the role of leaders in international politics, and geopolitical forecasting methodology.
Dr. Horowitz previously served in the Pentagon, working on force development issues in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science from Emory University.
Heather Hurlburt is the Chief of Staff to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai, who is charged with helping to guide and manage USTR in implementing President Biden’s vision of a new and inclusive trade policy that delivers for Americans. Previously, she served in government, think tanks, and advocacy organizations as a leading advocate and analyst of internationalist policy at the boundary of domestic and foreign affairs. She founded and directed the New Models of Policy Change Initiative at New America’s Political Reform program, documenting and developing policy responses to political polarization on topics from trade and climate to political violence and nuclear security. The project also performed cutting-edge analysis convening around questions of diversity, as well as gender and equity in international affairs. Before joining New America, she held senior positions in conflict prevention and international affairs advocacy, at Human Rights First and the International Crisis Group.
Ms. Hurlburt served as a speechwriter to President William Clinton during the Clinton Administration. She was a special assistant on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff. Ms. Hurlburt began her career on Capitol Hill and on the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE. She is widely published, and from 2017-2020 was a regular columnist for the New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer.
She is a co-founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security and holds degrees from Brown and George Washington Universities.
The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., was the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States, where she led an extraordinary transformation since 1999. Retiring as President on July 1, 2022, after an extraordinary 23-year tenure, she is now President Emerita.
Described by Time Magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Dr. Jackson has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. A theoretical physicist, Dr. Jackson holds an S.B. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, both from MIT.
In September 2014, United States President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson as Co-Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, where she served until January of 2017. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and, as part of PCAST, was Co-Chair of the President’s Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). Dr. Jackson also served on the ISAB from 2011 through 2017. Dr. Jackson currently serves on the Defense Science Board of the U.S. Department of Defense and on the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). She also is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Before taking the helm at Rensselaer, Dr. Jackson was Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), from 1995 to 1999. At the NRC, Dr. Jackson conceived and promulgated risk-informed, performance-based regulation, and created a new planning, budgeting, and performance management process (PBPM). Under Dr. Jackson’s leadership, the NRC authored and advanced the Convention on Nuclear Safety, which was signed by over 170 countries, and remains in force today. During her tenure at the NRC, Dr. Jackson spearheaded the formation of the International Nuclear Regulators Association (INRA) and served as its Chairman from 1997 to 1999.
Dr. Jackson is a Life Member of the MIT Corporation, and a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. In 2017, she was named Regent Emerita of the Smithsonian Institution. She currently serves on the boards of corporations that include FedEx and Kyndryl. Dr. Jackson also serves on the Global Board of Directors for The Nature Conservancy, and on the Board of Directors for the American Prairie Reserve. She is a former member of the boards of the World Economic Forum USA (WEF USA), IBM, Medtronic, PSEG, the New York Stock Exchange, Key Corp, AT&T, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel, and Sealed Air Corporation.
Dr. Jackson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2008 – 2018. She is an international fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she served as president in 2004.
Dr. Jackson is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Most recently, she was named the 2021 recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Oersted Medal, the 2021 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, and the 2019 recipient of the American Physical Society (APS) Joseph A. Burton Forum Award.
In 2018, Dr. Jackson was awarded the W.E.B. DuBois Medal from the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.
In 2007, describing her as “a national treasure,” the National Science Board selected Dr. Jackson as the recipient of The Vannevar Bush Award for “a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education, and senior statesman-like contributions to public policy.”
In 2016, United States President Barack Obama awarded Dr. Jackson the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor in science and engineering.
Dr. Jackson holds 57 honorary doctoral degrees.
Ambassador Laura Kennedy is a foreign affairs expert who served for nearly 40 years with the U.S. Foreign Service. She was Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2001-2003); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2004-2005); taught and served as Deputy Commandant at the National War College (2007-2009); and was appointed U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Special Representative for Biological Weapons Convention Issues (2010-2013). After retiring, she was recalled to active service in May 2014 to serve as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan until September 2014 and then as Chargé at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency until July 2015.
Ambassador Kennedy is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on its board. She also serves on the Board of the Arms Control Association; the Advisory Council of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation; the Leadership Council for Women in National Security; the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy for America; and the Deep Cuts Commission.
Ambassador Kennedy graduated from Vassar College and did graduate work at American and Stanford Universities.
Dr. Susan J. Koch is an independent consultant, specializing in policy issues regarding arms reduction and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy, a member of the Board of Managers of Sandia National Laboratories, and an associate faculty member in the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University.
From 1982 until 2007, Dr. Koch held a series of senior positions in the White House National Security Council Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of State and the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency that all focused on nonproliferation and arms reduction policy. Dr. Koch began her government career in the Directorate of Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency analyzing West European political issues.
Dr. Koch has received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award; the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award; the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, five times; the Department of Defense Nunn-Lugar Trailblazer Award; the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Distinguished Honor Award; the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award; and the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award. Before her government service, she taught international and comparative politics at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Koch received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.
Dr. Edward P. Levine is a member of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation board of directors, which he chaired for several years. He has written analyses for the Center on proposed legislation regarding Iran’s nuclear activities. He is a leading specialist on arms control, non-proliferation, and U.S. arms sales to other countries, and on the United States Senate’s role in such matters.
Dr. Levine is a retired senior professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), with 35 years of experience. During his tenure at the SFRC, he played a major staff role in the Senate’s consideration of the Chemical Weapons Convention; the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty; the Moscow Treaty; the New START Treaty; protocols to the Convention on Conventional Weapons; conventions relating to nuclear safety; the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia; and the U.S.-India 123 nuclear agreement. He helped to oversee and to maintain funding for U.S. non-proliferation programs and U.S. contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Preparatory Commission, and the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He was also the lead Democratic staff member reviewing major U.S. arms sales to other countries under the Arms Export Control Act and U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements with other countries under the Atomic Energy Act.
In his 20 years with the SSCI, Dr. Levine served both Republican and Democratic members of the committee. One of his roles was to either write or co-author the SSCI’s assessments of U.S. capabilities to monitor compliance with SALT II; the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty; the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe; the Threshold Test-Ban Treaty; the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty; the Open Skies Treaty, and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Prior to working for the U.S. Senate, Dr. Levine was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and then at Rice University. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University.
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is a Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies faculty. He is also a scholar at the Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Previously, he served as director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation and executive director of Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
At the Middlebury Institute, Dr. Lewis teaches courses on arms control issues in Northeast Asia and the role of open-source information. The work of his team was covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and VICE. He is the author of two scholarly books, The Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007) and Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture (International Institute of Strategic Studies, 2014), as well as a novel of speculative fiction, The 2020 Commission on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks on the United States (Mariner, 2018). He is the founder of ArmsControlWonk.com, a leading blog and podcast on disarmament, arms control, and nonproliferation issues.
Dr. Lewis received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland.
The Honorable Jamie Morin, Ph.D., is vice president of Defense Systems Operations at The Aerospace Corporation, which runs a Federally Funded Research and Development Center in support of the U.S. space enterprise. He leads Aerospace’s technical support to the senior-most levels of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Air Force. Dr. Morin is also the executive director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy, which provides objective analysis and comprehensive research to ensure well-informed, technically defensible, and forward-looking space policy across the civil, military, intelligence, and commercial space sectors. In that role, he has published research in outlets including Nature, Defense One, Defense News, and the Journal of Space Safety Engineering.
In addition to his role at Aerospace, Dr. Morin is an adjunct professor of international relations at Georgetown University and serves on the advisory board of DEFCON LLC.
Prior to joining Aerospace, Dr. Morin served as Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) for the Department of Defense, where he led the organization responsible for analyzing and evaluating the department’s plans, programs, and budgets in relation to U.S. defense objectives, threats, estimated costs, and resource constraints.
Before his appointment as director of CAPE, Dr. Morin served for five years as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller). He also served for a year as Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force, where he led the Air Force Space Board and the Air Force Council.
Before moving to the Pentagon, Dr. Morin was a lead analyst for defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
Dr. Morin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the HALO Trust (USA), a humanitarian charity that removes landmines around the world. In 2013, he was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and since 2017 he has served as a member of the Forum’s Global Futures Council on Space Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a member of the Class of 2022 that was named an Outstanding Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association.
Dr. Morin earned a Bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in public administration and public policy from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. His executive education includes the Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership and Public Policy program, the Wharton School’s Boards That Lead program, and the University of Virginia Batten School’s Leadership for Racial Equity program.
The Honorable Eric Rosenbach is Co-Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. At the Kennedy School, Mr. Rosenbach teaches graduate courses on policy development, strategy execution, and national security.
Mr. Rosenbach previously served as the Pentagon’s Chief of Staff from 2015-17 and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, responsible for leading all aspects of the Department’s cyber activities and other key areas of defense policy. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Rosenbach served as national security advisor for then-Senator Chuck Hagel.
In the private sector, Mr. Rosenbach worked as the Chief Security Officer for a large European telecommunications firm. He also led the cybersecurity practice of a global management consulting firm, advising the executives of Fortune 500 companies on strategic risk mitigation strategies.
Mr. Rosenbach is a former Army intelligence officer and Commander of a telecommunications intelligence unit. He has co-authored several books on national security, including “Confronting Cyber Risk: An Embedded Endurance Strategy.” He was a Fulbright fellow who conducted post-graduate research on privatization programs in Eastern Europe.
He has a JD from Georgetown, a MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and is a graduate of Davidson College.
Dr. Ian Simon is the Senior Advisor for Pandemic Preparedness for the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He serves as a principal advisor and expert analyst on a wide range of issues related to emerging infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness planning and management. As a nationally-recognized expert, he provides strategic and operational advice on the development, formulation, and implementation of new epidemic and pandemic-related policies, guidelines, and programs.
Prior to joining NIAID in 2021, Dr. Simon was Assistant Director at the IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute (STPI). There, he specialized in policy development for biosecurity, pandemic preparedness, and international science cooperation. He also led the institute’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Team in support of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Before joining STPI, he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State, facilitating bilateral and multilateral science and technology agreements. In this role, he created and managed international research partnerships with scientists from academia, non-profit organizations, and partner governments to foster collaboration and innovative solutions to achieving sustainable development goals.
Previously, Dr. Simon served as the Health and Science Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as part of the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellowship. He advised Senator Reid on healthcare and science policy issues, including HHS appropriations, FDA regulatory policy, and CDC disease prevention legislation. In 2008, Dr. Simon accepted the Henry Luce Scholarship, which facilitated a scholar-in-residence position at a science policy think tank in Seoul, South Korea. He developed policy recommendations to enhance international collaboration for the Korean biotechnology research enterprise.
Over the years, Dr. Simon has leveraged his experience and passion to effectuate positive change in his community. From 2019-2022, he served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 2, a non-partisan, elected representative. As the official representative for Ward 2F-06 to the Government of District of Columbia, Dr. Simon chaired the Commission’s Health and Human Services Committee and served as Treasurer. Dr. Simon is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
Dr. Simon received a Bachelor of Science, with honors, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. He then earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Yale University, specializing in microbial pathogenesis and early-stage vaccine development.
Lyric Thompson is the founder and CEO of the Feminist Foreign Policy Collaborative. In this capacity, she leads the initiative’s development, the execution of strategy, helps form evidence-based policy recommendations, and convenes critical conversations that foster learning and innovation in this growing field. In her 15-year career, she has advocated on women’s rights issues at the United Nations, G7/G20, White House, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she teaches a graduate level course on women’s rights advocacy.
Ms. Thompson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Advisory Committee on Advancing Gender Equality in Foreign Affairs and coordinates the Global Partner Network for Feminist Foreign Policy and the Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States. She serves as Vice Chair of the North Carolina Council for Women, to which she was nominated by Governor Roy Cooper; she is also on the board of the advocacy organization North Carolina Women United. In 2021 Ms. Thompson was presented with the Global Woman Award for her efforts to advance feminist foreign policy by the Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation; in 2019 and 2020, she was named one of the gender equality top 100 professionals influencing global policy by Apolitical, and in 2016 she was honored by the Association of Professional Women in Advocacy for excellence in a campaign of women serving women.
Ms. Thompson is on the Editorial Board of Apolitical and writes regularly on gender and foreign policy for such outlets as the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Devex, Ms. Magazine, The Hill, Thomson-Reuters Foundation, and openDemocracy. She is a Phi Beta Kappa alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate of the Bard College Program on Globalization and International Affairs.
Previously, Ms. Thompson has served as the Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Strategy at the International Center for Research on Women, the founding co-chair of the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality, co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, on the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, on the Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group of Amnesty International, USA, and as the Senior Policy Manager for Women for Women International.
Dr. Paul F. Walker is the vice chair of the Arms Control Association board of directors. He is also Coordinator of the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition and director of Green Cross International (GCI)’s Environmental Security and Sustainability program.
Dr. Walker received the Right Livelihood Award (otherwise known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) in December 2013 “for working tirelessly to rid the world of chemical weapons.” He is a former professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee.
In December 2009, at the 14th Conference of the States Parties in The Hague, Dr. Walker led the effort to establish the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Coalition, an international non-governmental organization network to support the CWC and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Dr. Walker is also a founding member of the Fissile Material Working Group, and has worked on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons nonproliferation, arms control, and disarmament for over forty years.
Dr. Walker holds a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. in international security studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran.
Dr. Heather Williams is the director of the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and a senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to joining CSIS, she was a visiting fellow with the Project on Managing the Atom in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT. Until Summer 2022, she was a senior lecturer (associate professor) in defense studies at King’s College London and taught on arms control, deterrence, and disarmament. From 2018 to 2019, Dr. Williams served as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords International Relations Committee inquiry into the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and disarmament, and until 2015 she was a research fellow at Chatham House. She previously worked in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where she remains an adjunct research staff member. She is an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a senior associate fellow with the European Leadership Network, and a member of the Wilton Park Advisory Council.
Dr. Williams has a Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London, a M.A. in security policy studies from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in international relations and Russian studies from Boston University.
Jon Wolfsthal is Senior Advisor for Policy and Advocacy at Global Zero and a member of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board. From 2014 to 2017, he served as special assistant to former U.S. President Barack Obama and as senior director for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Security Council. In that post, he was the most senior White House official responsible for coordinating and implementing U.S. government policy on all aspects of arms control and nonproliferation policy. Prior to that, he served as the deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Wolfsthal served as the special adviser to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for nuclear security and nonproliferation and as director for nonproliferation on the National Security Council. He supported the Obama administration’s negotiation and ratification of the New START arms reduction agreement with the Russian Federation and helped support the development of nuclear policy, including the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review.
Mr. Wolfsthal served in several capacities during the 1990s at the U.S. Department of Energy, including an on-the-ground assignment in North Korea during 1995-1996. With Joseph Cirincione, he is the author of Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction. He was also deputy director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Mr. Wolfsthal is a graduate of Emory University.