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Meet the Senior Advisors of The Chertoff Group

 

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Ross Ashley
 

The Honorable W. Ross Ashley, III

Senior Advisor

W. Ross Ashley is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group where he shares his unique insight and subject matter expertise in the areas of Intelligence, Homeland Security, Justice and Defense.  He also serves as Executive Director of the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA), where he represents the interests of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized fusion centers.  more>>>

 

 

 
 

Joel Brenner

Senior Advisor

Joel Brenner is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group.  From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Brenner was the head of U.S. counterintelligence under the Director of National Intelligence, responsible for integrating the counterintelligence activities of the 17 departments and agencies with intelligence authorities, including the FBI and CIA and elements of the Department of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. more>>>


 

 

Dr. Christopher Bronk

Senior Advisor

Dr. Christopher Bronk has extensive experience across policy analysis, software development, information technology security, and energy issues. After managing the technical staff of an online startup through acquisition in the 1990s, Dr. Bronk served as a Foreign Service Officer and later as a Senior Advisor with the U.S. State Department where he produced enterprise architecture strategy for items including information assurance, open source software adoption, vendor selection, crowd-sourcing, and migration to cloud-based computing. more >>>

 

 

 

 
 

Robert Butler

Senior Advisor

Robert (Bob) Butler serves as a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. M

Bob Butler serves as a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group.  Mr. Butler has a distinguished career in information technology, intelligence, and national security that spans 34 years in both public and private sectors. Mr. Butler is the co-founder and managing director of Cyber Strategies LLC. Previously, he served as the Chief Security Officer for IO, a global data center service and product firm.  more >>>

 

 

Bryan Cunningham

Senior Advisor

Bryan Cunningham is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Cunningham is an information security and privacy lawyer who served previously in senior intelligence and law enforcement positions in the U.S. government, most recently serving as Deputy Legal Advisor to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. more >>>


 

 

Rear Admiral Robert Day

Senior Advisor

Rear Admiral Robert Day brings a trusted record of experience when it comes to communicating technology strategies to senior leaders and is a seasoned expert on cyber security, telecommunications, new technologies, maritime security, and disaster response.  Previously, Admiral Day was the longest serving Coast Guard Chief Information Officer.  He established the first Coast Guard Cyber Command and served as its Commander from 2009 to 2014. more >>>

 

 

 

Mary DeRosa
 
 

The Honorable Mary DeRosa

Senior Advisor

In addition to serving as a senior advisor to The Chertoff Group, Mary DeRosa is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law School, where she focuses on national security law and teaches courses on national security and cyber security. 

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Emerson Gardner
 
 

Lt. Gen. Emerson Gardner, USMC, (ret.)

Senior Advisor

Lt. Gen. Emerson N. Gardner, USMC, (ret.) is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. He is a recognized expert on the Department of Defense programming and budgeting process and assists defense and non-defense companies in strategy development as an independent consultant.  more>>>

 

 
 

Adam Golodner

Senior Advisor

Adam Golodner is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group.  With a career spanning more than 20 years in leadership positions across business, academia, and government, Mr. Golodner provides strategic advice and action in complex issues at the intersection of technology, security, business, policy and law. more >>>

 

 

Cathy Handford
 

Cathy Handford

Senior Advisor

As a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group, Cathy Handford shares her industry knowledge after more than thirty years of experience performing domestic and international market assessments and successful contract capture for key security initiatives involving cyber security and information systems as well as Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs. more >>>

 

Cathy Handford
 

Dr. Jerome Hauer

Senior Advisor

Dr. Jerome M. Hauer, a leading expert in emergency management and crisis planning, is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group where he helps clients establish and execute effective risk management strategies that can anticipate threats, reduce vulnerabilities and execute plans and procedures designed to support business continuity and personal safety. more >>>

 

 

 

Rupert Burns
 

Dr. Rupert Herbert - Burns

Senior Advisor

Dr. Herbert-Burns is a leading maritime security expert and consultant for shipping, security, offshore energy, and analytic organizations in the UK, U.S., and Europe with specific focus on risk assessment and risk mitigation consultation for companies in the oil and gas and offshore sectors. more >>>

 

 

Reginald Hyde
 

Reginald Hyde

Senior Advisor

As a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group, Reginald D. Hyde brings decades of national security career experience having worked in senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and within the Intelligence Community (IC).  During his time in public service, Mr. Hyde developed a wide-range of knowledge and subject matter expertise having worked on important assignments involving policy, strategy, management, operations and new technologies. more >>>

 

Robert Kandra
 

Robert Kandra

Senior Advisor

Robert Kandra is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Kandra recently served as the Associate Executive Assistant Director in the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In this capacity, he was responsible for executive oversight of all foreign and domestic FBI programs for counterintelligence. more >>>

 

Charles Kammerdener
 

Chief Charles Kammerdener

Senior Advisor

Chief Charles Kammerdener is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Chief Kammerdener was appointed to the New York City Housing Police Department in September 1973 and began his career in Brookly. He was promoted to Detective in July 1983; Sergeant in August 1983; Lieutenant Commander Detective Squad in May 1988; Captain in May 1989; Deputy Chief in December 1994. In June 2009 he was promoted to  Chief of Special Operations. more >>>

 

 

Michael Locatis
 
 

Michael Locatis

Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor for Chertoff Group, Michael Locatis brings his expertise in cyber security, the national public safety broadband network and corporate management strategies. Mr. Locatis also serves as an advisor to initiatives focused on food and agriculture sector critical infrastructure protection and safety. more>>>

 

Graham Love
Graham Love
 
 

Graham Love

Senior Advisor

Graham Love retired as Group Chief Executive of QinetiQ in November 2009 after a career with the company and its predecessor organisations spanning nearly 20 years, and including 2 privatisations, 2 highly successful private equity partnerships, and an IPO which saw the UK’s previously government owned defence research agencies transformed into a major international company listed in the FTSE 250. more >>>

 

 

Alastair MacWillson
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Alastair MacWillson

Senior Advisor

As a Senior Advisor with The Chertoff Group, Dr. Alastair MacWillson advises a global client base on how to strategically protect their company’s most critical assets and achieve their business objectives by providing risk management advice aimed at helping their companies identify threats and reduce vulnerabilities.  Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Dr. MacWillson served eleven years as the Global Managing Director Technology Consulting at Accenture. more >>>

 

James Miscan

Senior Advisor

James Micsan is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. He is a retired Senior Executive Operations Officer with 30 years of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency's National Clandestine Service (NCS). Mr. Micsan has served both domestically and abroad, with numerous field assignments in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. more>>>

 

 

James Norton

Senior Advisor

James Norton is a Senior Advisor to the Chertoff Group. With significant corporate and government experience, he is a seasoned strategist, policymaker, and communicator offering expertise in defense, homeland security, and public safety. more>>>

 

 

 

Greg Oslan

Senior Advisor

Greg Oslan is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group. He is also the Managing Director at OSG Consulting, a company he founded, that provides strategic business and operations guidance to technology, analytics, telecommunications, and cybersecurity companies. OSG’s consulting services focus on business planning,product and service strategies, and organizational design. more>>>

 

Jonathan Paris
 

Jonathan Paris

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Paris is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group where he shares his expertise across a wide range of research interests that include the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, transatlantic relations, international security, and counterterrorism. Since 2003, he has been consulting for the U.S. government. more >>>

 

Samantha Ravich
 
 

The Rt. Honorable Lord John Reid

Senior Advisor

Lord John Reid has dedicated his career to public service serving as a Member of Parliament for 23 years, half of which were in service as a Government minister.  He is often described as one of the most experienced Cabinet ministers in modern times having held more ministerial posts at the Cabinet level than any other politician in recent history. more >>>

 

 

Samantha Ravich
 
 

Samantha Ravich, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor

Dr. Samantha Ravich is an expert in national security and international political risk. She currently co-chairs the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. In this role, she co-leads a team of national security experts to review, evaluate and articulate program and resource priorities for the full range of R&D programs within the Intelligence Community. more >>>

 

 

Paul Rosenzweig
 
 

Paul Rosenzweig

Senior Advisor

Paul Rosenzweig is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group.  Mr. Rosenzweig brings extensive knowledge of the Department of Homeland Security, serving previously as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and as acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. more>>>

 

 

Jeffrey Runge
Jeffrey Runge
 

Jeffrey Runge

Senior Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Runge has decades of clinical, research, leadership and administrative experience. In addition to seven years as the head of two government agencies with as many as 1000 employees and contractors under his direction, he brings nearly 30 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician. Until 2001 he practiced and taught in North Carolina’s busiest emergency department and trauma center, while performing research in injury prevention, trauma care, and emergency service delivery. more >>>

 

 

 

 

John Sano

Senior Advisor

John Sano brings extensive experience in crisis management, risk assessments and strategic planning with a proven ability in forging effective partnerships among the intelligence and law enforcement communities.  Most recently, he was Senior Director of Business Development at Cisco Systems, Inc., providing Cisco with insights into satisfying the unique technical requirements of the U.S government on issues such as cybersecurity, metadata, cloud services, and associated technologies. more >>>

 

 

 

 

Dick Schaeffer

Senior Advisor

Dick Schaeffer is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. He is a former Senior Executive with the National Security Agency (NSA), with over 40 years of U.S. Government service, including 15 years as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service. more>>>

 

Michael Shank
 
 

Michael Shank

Senior Advisor

Mike Shank is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Most recently, Mr. Shank was the Staff Director for Minority Members on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives.  more>>>

 

 

Dr. Gerry Sleefe

Senior Advisor

Bringing over 30 years of combined private- and government-sector experience, Dr. Gerry Sleefe is an expert in emerging technologies for national security applications. He is an inventor for seven U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers.  Dr. Sleefe served as a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security where he led the development of new legislation for security-related technology acquisition and cyber-security research and development. more >>>

 

 

Steven Smith
 

Major General Steven Smith (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Major General Steven Smith, Retired United States Army, is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group. With 39 years of experience across both private and military sectors, General Smith advises companies on topics including cyber defense risk mitigation, strategic planning, complex project management, product development, telecommunications operations, and financial management.  more >>>

 

 

 
 
 

Jack Thomas Tomarchio

Senior Advisor

As a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group, Jack Thomas Tomarchio brings over 25 years of diverse business, government, and legal experience from his previous position at three national law firms, a venture capital/private equity firm, the Department of Homeland Security, and a government affairs and business consulting firm. His background also includes military experience in the United States Army and extensive overseas experience in operational matters and private international business transactions.  more >>>

 

 

 
 

Allison Boyd Travis

Senior Advisor

Allison Boyd Travis is a recognized homeland security domain expert with a deep range of experience across the executive and legislative branches as well as within the private sector.   Most recently, Ms. Travis was a senior policy analyst for The Tauri Group, LLC, where she was responsible for strategic planning and business development within the firm’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) portfolio.  She also served as Tauri’s Organizational Conflict of Interest (OCI) compliance officer.  more>>>        

 

 

 
 

Sir. David Vaness

Senior Advisor

Sir David Veness served as Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005.  more>>>        

  

 
 

Michael Walker

Senior Advisor

Michael Walker is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group. Mr. Walker spent 30 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, spending 18 of those years working abroad in various locations and served as Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Near East and South Asia Division (the CIA's largest division) from February 2007 to July 2010. more>>>

 

 

 
 

Al Wargo

Senior Advisor

As a Senior Advisor, Al Wargo supports The Chertoff Group with his creative leadership experience in growing high tech organizations, transitioning technology to meet real-world problems, expanding markets and channel opportunities, and developing strategic options for both defense and commercial companies.  more>>> 
 

 

 

 

Scott Weber

Senior Advisor

Scott Weber is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group where he applies his knowledge and experience relating to predictive analytics involving big data, cybersecurity and infrastructure protection to help organizations drive greater human productivity and execute better decision-making with regard to managing today’s constantly evolving threat environment.  more>>>

 

 

 

Michael Wertheimer, Ph.D

Senior Advisor

Dr. Michael Wertheimer is a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group where he utilizes his three decades of experience working on the forefront of national security issues and managing strategic, high-risk investments in intelligence collection and analysis. Dr. Wertheimer spent 26 years at the National Security Agency in a career arc that took him from cryptologist to senior technical leader to senior executive leader. He was involved in every major global issue since 1982, including the events of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror.  more>>>

 

 

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