The Power of People

Study Leadership Team

Nancy Bearg, Study Director
Myra Howze Shiplett, Substantive Lead
Kurt Krausse, Deputy Director

Team Leaders

Ken Hunter
Jack LeCuyer
John Morton
Myra Howze Shiplett
Wally Walters
Rahul Gupta


Bob Blitzer, Senior Analyst
Lisa Connor, Research Analyst
Sharon Czarnek, Project Assistant
Priscilla Enner, Research Analyst
Rahul Gupta, Integration Adviser
Daniel R. Langberg, Senior Analyst
James R. Locher, III, Integration Adviser
Cezar A. B. Lopez, Research Analyst
Julia Mensah, Research Analyst
Nate Olson, Research Analyst
Dennis Schrader, Senior Analyst
Karen Stallings, Research Analyst
Ed Stephenson, Senior Analyst
Rei Tang, Research Analyst
Richard Weitz, Senior Analyst

Project Management

Don Ward
Justin Adams
Jonathan Lee


Pamela Aall, Vice President for Domestic Programs, Education and Training Center, and Provost, Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dan Blair, Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission, Former Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission; former Deputy Director of OPM

Thomas Bossert, Founder Civil Defense Solutions; former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to the President

David Chu, President, IDA; former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

James Dobbins, Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND; former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Special Assistant to the President, Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for the Balkans, and Ambassador to the European Community

Cathy Downes,Professor of Information Management, I-College, National Defense University

William Eggers, Global Director for Deloitte Research and Executive Director of Deloitte’s Public Leadership Institute; former Director of Government Reform at the Reason Public Policy Institute

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, President of LEG Inc.; Former Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness, National Security Council

Anne Khademian, Program Director, Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech for National Intelligence

Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; adjunct professor at Georgetown University Center; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations, and Logistics

John M. “Mike” McConnell, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen; former Director of National Intelligence; former Director of the National Security Agency

Hannah Sistare President & CEO, Policy Implementation Consulting; former Vice President Academy Affairs, National Academy of Public Administration; former Executive Director National Commission on the Public Service (Volcker Commission) at The Brookings Institution

Bob Stephan, Managing Director, Global Risk Management, Dutko Worldwide; former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Fran Townsend, Former Homeland Security Advisor to the President; former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism

Craig Vanderwagen, MD, RADM – USPS (Ret.) Senior Partner, Martin Blanck and Associates; former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services

James Wolbarsht, President and CEO of DEFCON, Inc.; former Engagement Managing Director for Executive Office of the President and White House Information Technology Planning

Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies; former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism