Council of Executives

The Council of Executives for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security provides high-level guidance and support to the leadership team at the Center, and helps to sustain and grow its policy and research activities.   

The Council of Executives is currently chaired by Steve Pann. Pann is a Founding Partner at Razor’s Edge Ventures, where he serves on the Board of Directors of portfolio companies Ryft Systems and Altamira Technologies, and is actively involved in managing the Fund’s investment in Spaceflight Industries. Full biography here.

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Scott Aaronson, Vice President, Security and Preparedness, Edison Electric Institute.

Richard V. Allen, Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Michael Balboni, President and Managing Director, RedLand Strategies Inc. Former Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, State of New York.

Rand Beers, Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and Former Under Secretary for the National Program and Programs Directorate, DHS.

Ambassador Cofer Black, Former Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, Department of State.  Former Director, Counterterrorism Center, Central Intelligence Agency.

Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, Jr. (US Army, Ret.), Senior Counsel for National Security Programs, Cyber Programs, and Military Affairs, Auburn University.  Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency.

Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Judge Michael Chertoff, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group.  Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Michael Downing, Former Deputy Chief, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department.

Lammot du Pont, Co-Founder of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. 

Amr ElSawy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Noblis.

Martin Faga, Former President and CEO, The MITRE Corporation.  Former Director, National Reconnaissance Office.

Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Vice President, MEMRI.  Former Coordinator, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State.

Leon Fuerth,  Practitioner in Residence, Institute for Global and International Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.  Former Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs.

Jeff Greene, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs and Policy, Symantec.

J. Richard Knop (ex officio Member), Founder and Co-Manager, FedCap Partners.  Member, Board of Trustees, The George Washington University.

Ambassador Tom Korologos, Strategic Advisor, DLA Piper.  Former US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium.

John Lainhart, Director, Cybersecurity Strategy, Grant Thornton LLP, Public Sector.  

Cathy Lanier, Senior Vice President of Security, National Football League. Former Chief, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

Jane Holl Lute, CEO, Center for Internet Security.   Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Ronald Marks, Chair, Intelligence Program, Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.   President and Senior Partner, Intelligence Enterprises, LLC.   Former officer, Central Intelligence Agency.

Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Standard Chartered Bank.

Paul McHale, President, Civil Support International LLC.  Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, U.S. Department of Defense.  Former Member of Congress.

Edwin Meese, III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation.  Former U.S. Attorney General.

John Paczkowski, Senior Vice President, Homeland Security and National Resilience, ICF International.

Steve Pann, Chairman of the Council of Executives, GW's Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Founding Partner, Razor's Edge Ventures. 

Dr. Michael Papay, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman.

R. David Paulison, Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

B.J. Penn, President Genesis IV Executive Consulting, former Asst Secretary of the Navy and Acting Secretary of the Navy, Trustee Emeritus George Washington University.

Greg Rattray, Managing Director, Global Cyber Partnerships and Government Strategy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Thomas Ridge, CEO, Ridge Global.  Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Former Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and former Member of Congress.

Andrew Robinson, Chief Operations Officer, Robbins Gioia.

Bob Rose, Robert Rose Consulting LLC. 

Judge William Sessions, Partner, Holland & Knight.  Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Suzanne Spaulding, Former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.

Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon, LLC.  Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.

Major General Douglas Stone, (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.), CEO, STAC Solutions.  Former Multinational Forces-Iraq Deputy Commanding General for Detainee Operations.

Ambassador Richard Swett, CEO, Climate Prosperity Enterprise Solutions LLC.  Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark.  Former Member of Congress.

Adam Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philidelphia Fire Department.

Frances Fragos Townsend, Executive Vice President, MacAndrews & Forbes Inc. Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

Jim Turner, Senior Partner, Arnold & Porter, LLP.  Former Member of Congress.

Kenneth L. Wainstein, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.  Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice.

Mark Weatherford, Senior Vice President and Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour.

Judge William Webster, Former Director of Central Intelligence.  Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bradley Whittington, Director of Technology - Intelligence, Information and Services, Raytheon Company.

Juan Zarate, Chairman and Co-Founder, Financial Integrity Network.  Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism.