We are Americans—former senior officials and policy experts, academics and civil society leaders—who have seen first-hand how the United States is stronger, safer and more respected in the world when we stand strong with our allies, pursue principled diplomacy, and stay true to the values that have long defined America at home and abroad.
Wally Adeyemo served as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics (2015-2017). He is a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Jeremy Bash served as Chief of Staff of the CIA (2009-2011) and Defense Department (2011-2013).
Rand Beers served as Deputy Homeland Security Advisor (2014-2015).
Jenna Ben-Yehuda is President and CEO of the Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project.
Representative Howard Berman served as a Member of Congress (1983-2013).
Barbara Boxer served as a U.S. Senator (1993-2017) and previously as a U.S. Representative (1983-1993) from the state of California.
Rosa Brooks served as Counselor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.
Ambassador Bill Burns is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State (2011-2014).
Kurt Campbell served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific (2009-2013). He is the Chairman of the Center for a New American Security.
Senator Daschle is Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for American Progress, Vice-Chair for the National Democratic Institute and a co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Tom Donilon most recently served as National Security Advisor (2010-2013).
Katie Fallon served as White House Legislative Director (2013-2016).
Dan Feldman served as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2014-2015).
Jon Finer served as Director of Policy Planning and Chief of Staff at the State Department (2016-2017).
Michele Flournoy most recently served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (2009-2012). She co-founded the Center for a New American Security and WestExec Advisors.
Mark Gallogly served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2013). He is a Managing Principal of Centerbridge Partners.
Suzy George served as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Security Council staff (2014-2017).
Phil Gordon served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2009-13) and Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf (2013-15).
From 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Hachigian served as the second U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Avril Haines served as Deputy National Security Advisor (2015-2017) and as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (2013-2015). She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School.
Valerie Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Dr. Colin Kahl served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden (2014-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Strategic Consultant at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Dana Hyde served as the CEO of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (2014-2017).
Heather Hurlburt directs the New Models of Policy Change initiative at New America. She served at the State Department, Congressional Helsinki Commission, and as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to President Clinton.
Lieutenant General Kennedy was the first woman to achieve that rank in the United States Army and completed her Army career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.
Ron Klain served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore as as the White House’s Ebola Coordinator.
Harold Hongju Koh served as the State Department Legal Adviser (2009-2013). He is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.
Robert Malley is President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. He served as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region.
Elisa Massimino served as the President of Human Rights First and is a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Alejandro Mayorkas served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (2013-2016).
Ambassador Nancy McEldowney served as Ambassador to Bulgaria and as Director of the Foreign Service Institute.
Eric Mindich is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Eton Park Capital Management.
Cecilia Muñoz most recently served as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council (2012-2017). She is Vice President, Public Interest Technology and Local Initiatives at New America.
Scott Nathan served as Associate Director at the Office of Management and Budget (2015-2017). He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Tom Nides served as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources (2011-2013).
Michelle Nunn is president and CEO of CARE USA.
Jim O’Brien served as Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs (2015-2017).
Matt Olsen served as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (2011-2014).
Maria Otero served as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (2009-2013).
Steve Ricchetti served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden (2013-2017). He is a Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
.Ambassador Cathy Russell served as the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues (2013-2017).
Jim Steinberg served as Deputy Secretary of State (2009-2011). He is a professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
Todd Stern served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change (2009-2016).
Mona Sutphen served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (2009-2011).
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield served as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs (2013-2017).
Doug Wilson is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, senior spokesman for the Department of Defense, and principal communications advisor to the United States Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Jeff served as Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security Affairs, Senior Director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, and as Deputy National Security Advisor and senior Asia advisor to Vice President Biden. He is a Senior Fellow of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and a graduate of Yale Law School.
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Director of Strategy and Government Affairs
Rebecca served as Special Assistant to President Obama for Legislative Affairs and on the National Security Council staff. She worked previously at the State Department and as an aide to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). She began her career as a researcher in West and Central Africa.
Director of Policy and Communications
Ned served as Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security Affairs and as the National Security Council Spokesperson. He previously was a senior analyst at the CIA and currently is an NBC News Analyst and Contributor and Lecturer at George Washington University.
Director of Advocacy and Campaigns
Dan has worked on both state and national issue advocacy and electoral campaigns. During the Obama Administration, he served in the Department of Defense and the White House.
Associate Director of Policy
Brett most recently served as an aide to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). She earned her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Associate Director of Policy
Naz served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and holds an M.Phil. in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge.
Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns
Leo is a Navy veteran with years of experience in state and national issue advocacy and electoral campaigns. During the Obama Administration, he served in the Department of Defense and in each branch of the military services.
Associate Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs
Lauren Gillis served at the State Department during the Obama Administration in both the Legislative Affairs and Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureaus. She previously worked on the Senate Armed Services Committee and most recently worked at the Australian Embassy in congressional affairs
Kaleena most recently worked as a social media producer for Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Alejandra previously worked on a U.S. Senate campaign and has experience in the foreign policy advocacy realm. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Caroline served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs on the National Security Council.
Terry served as Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security Affairs, Senior Director of Speechwriting at the National Security Council, and Deputy Director of White House Speechwriting.
Tess served as Special Assistant to President Obama, Associate Counsel to the President, and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. She previously served at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser and Attorney Adviser for Political-Military Affairs.
Andrew served as Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and as a Senior Advisor at the State Department (2009-2013).
Brent Woolfork was a Managing Director at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation during the Obama Administration. He previously served as a senior advisor on two House committees, including the Foreign Affairs Committee, and began his congressional career working for Senator Bill Nelson.