Board of Advisors

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Marc
Last Name: 
Ginsberg
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Ambassador Marc Ginsberg spent his formative years in the Middle East (Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt) and was the first U.S. Ambassador of Jewish heritage to an Arab nation. Appointed by President Clinton, he served four years in Morocco (1994-1998) and as Special Envoy for Mediterranean Trade & Security (1998 – 2001). Amb. Ginsberg commenced his government career as a national security legislative assistant to Senator Edward M.

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Brett
Last Name: 
McGurk
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Brett McGurk is the Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute and Center for Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Michael
Last Name: 
Morell
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Michael Morell, the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is one of the leading national security professionals in the United States, with extensive experience in intelligence and foreign policy.  He has been at the center of our nation’s fight against terrorism, its work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and its efforts to respond to trends that are altering the international landscape—including the rise of China, a revanchist Russia, and the cyber threat.  Politico has called Michael the “Bob Gates of his generation.”

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Michèle
Last Name: 
Flournoy
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MICHÈLE FLOURNOY is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Ms.

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First Name: 
Tom
Last Name: 
Pickering
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Ambassador Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president international relations for Boeing. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S.

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Goli
Last Name: 
Ameri
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Goli Ameri is the co-founder of a mobile technology platform, StartitUp, which provides a range of resources including assessment, training, mentorship and a social network to aspiring entrepreneurs. Previously she was the Under Secretary for Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, the world’s largest humanitarian organization responsible for global diplomatic efforts.  Ms.

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Howard
Last Name: 
Berman
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Congressman Howard Berman advises clients on a wide range of foreign affairs and domestic policy matters, including defense and national security issues, investment, intellectual property, entertainment, technology, and immigration. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation, the board of the National Democratic Institute, the Immigration Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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Austin
Last Name: 
Branch
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Austin Branch joined the COLSA Corporation in July 2015 after serving almost 30 years in Federal service as an Army Officer and Senior Civilian. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1986 from The Citadel, Charleston S.C. and went on to serve in multiple Command and Staff positions in conflict and in peace becoming the Army's first Information Operations Officer. Austin pioneered military operations in the information environment in key leadership positions in the Army and Joint Organizations across the globe.

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Frank
Last Name: 
Mancuso, Sr.
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Frank G. Mancuso has had a distinguished career in the entertainment and communication industry spanning four decades, culminating with his leadership of Paramount Pictures Corporation and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  During his tenure as Chairman/CEO of MGM, he successfully revived the renowned studio by rebuilding both its film and television operations, acquiring both Orion Pictures Corporation and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and effectively led it through the process of once again becoming a public company.

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Harry
Last Name: 
Clark
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Harry Clark is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where he draws on decades of experience in business, finance, media, and government to advise clients on global public policy, strategic partnerships, and investment opportunities. He counsels clients on management and policy issues, with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions, crisis and issues management. Mr. Clark is also Managing Partner at Stanwich Group LLC, a strategic management consultancy and is Senior Counselor to the Brunswick Group.

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