Jayson is the Founder and Chairman of Veterans in Global Leadership. He formerly served as a Presidential Management Fellow at The White House, Office of Management and Budget. Jayson is a U.S. Air Force and Iraq War veteran, a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Socrates Scholar at the Aspen Institute, Defense Council Member at Truman National Security Project and a Carnegie New Leader at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations. Previously, he served as a Military Advisor to U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke and as an Adjunct Junior Fellow at the American Security Project. His analysis on national security and foreign policy issues has been published in numerous media and think tank organizations such as Asia Times, NPR, Carnegie Council, Foreign Policy Journal and Partnership for a Secure America. Jayson holds a Global Executive MPA from New York University and the University College London and was awarded 40 under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy from the Huffington Post in 2016.
Special Assistant to Chairman and Director of Special Projects
Samuel Akers is a graduate of Rice University with a BA in Economics and minors in Financial Computation and Business. During undergrad he completed the General Course at the London School of Economics in the Economics department as a Gateway International Ambassador and worked at the Nehemiah Neighborhood Center in Houston. His previous experience includes internships with Bain & Company, The Federal Reserve Bank, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, and Snagajob. He will start as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Houston in the fall.
Director of Partnerships
Mr. Cowsert is currently a Master of Business Administration candidate at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Stern Military Veteran Scholar. He is a U.S. Army and Afghanistan War veteran. Prior to Stern, he was a budget analyst for U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) Exercises and Contingency Operations division in Hawaii where he optimized the financial planning and analysis process of their $75MM exercise portfolio. Mr. Cowsert is also an MBA Ambassador for Service to School, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free application counseling to military veterans. He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Chelsea and son Jack.
Director of Strategy
Ben is an Associate in Palladium International’s New York City office, where he supports multinational corporations and investors in their global strategy and corporate development efforts in emerging markets. He also frequently advises international donors, multilateral organizations and foreign governments on better understanding, working effectively with and leveraging the expertise and resources of the private sector. Ben has worked in multiple countries across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia; he speaks Spanish fluently and is conversant in French. He holds a Masters in International Business & Diplomacy (MIBD) from New York University, where he studied at the Stern School of Business, the School of Law, and the Wagner School of Public Administration, and an A.B. in International Political Economics from the Williams School of Commerce, Economics & Policy at Washington & Lee University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Microfinance Club of New York (MFCNY), and is a member of the Carnegie Council’s New Leader’s (CNL) program.
Director of Development
John Phillips is a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is founder and CEO of Diplomatic Strategies, a boutique political consulting firm that provides national security and foreign policy expertise to candidates for U.S. Congress, as well as veteran campaign management skills to under-represented candidates for public office at all levels. He has served in numerous military roles, ranging from musician to intelligence, and is currently a Junior Fellow at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the Army War College as well as a Teaching Assistant for several courses at Tufts University.
Director of Finance
Mr. Nadel is a CPA in the State of New York and worked as an auditor for BDO USA, a top public accounting firm. Prior to pursuing an accounting career, he worked on several political campaigns and a boutique management consulting firm. He is Treasurer of Four Freedoms Democratic Club, the premier progressive club representing the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. Mr. Nadel holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University, and an MBA in Accountancy from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. He is a lifelong New York City resident and has a brother serving in the United States Air Force.
Co-Director of Mentorship Programs
A Master of Public Administration candidate at New York University's Robert Wagner Graduate School for Public Policy. Brock is an Afghanistan veteran who served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2012 and was named a Truman-Albright Fellow in 2014 at the Administration for Children and Families. Brock has interned for the US House of Representatives, Center for International Policy, and Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Brock holds a BA in History and Sociology from the University of Maryland and promotes the free expression and support of veterans through numerous organizations and campaigns.
Co-Director of Mentorship Programs
Ryan B. Greer is a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) consultant and CVE and counterterrorism expert. Ryan is CEO Vasa Strategies -- a political risk and social impact strategic advisory firm with a focus on CVE - as well as a Fellow with New America's International Security Program and a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. Previously, he served at the State Department, where he served as Policy Advisor for Syria/Iraq Foreign Fighters, leading coordination and strategic planning efforts to address issues related to individuals departing foreign countries to fight for groups like ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Ryan also served as a Presidential Management Fellow in State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, managing criminal justice programs for Afghanistan and Ecuador. He previously served as a Special Assistant at the White House National Security Council and on staff for two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ryan holds a Masters in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a B.A. in Government from Skidmore College.
Co-Director Women's Initiative
LT Katie Davidson is a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy currently stationed in San Diego, CA. She is the 2013 Marshall Scholar Class President and was at the top of her class academically at the U.S. Naval Academy. Katie conducted postgraduate study at Oxford and Cambridge, where she focused on foreign policy questions regarding gender, peace, and security as well as the contemporary nuances of cybersecurity. Her dual program with the Oxford Internet Institute and Department of International Development was the first of its kind and focused on cybersecurity crisis management. She has worked with various defense organizations including the CNO’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, National Defense University, NATO Allied Transformation Command, and the United Kingdom's Defense, Doctrine and Concepts Centre and Defence Personnel Secretariat Diversity and Inclusion Team. She has served on a special CNO panel addressing questions of "toughness" in the U.S. Navy and is an avid proponent of getting veterans a seat at the highest tables of foreign policy discussion. Katie was among the inaugural Oxford University Women's Boat Club crew team to compete on the same Tideway race course as the men and swam the English Channel with the Cambridge University Swim Team.
Co-Director Women's Initiative
Rebecca Peters is a current DPhil (PhD) candidate at the University of Oxford in the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research focuses on economic development pathways and urban water security in Asia. She recently completed a year working at the Asian International Rivers Center in Yunnan Province, China where she was a 2016-17 Luce Scholar. Rebecca received MS in Poverty and Development Economics with distinction from the University of Manchester, and n Sc n Water Science and Governance at King’s College London, both s a Marshall Scholar. She gradua Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 as the University Medalist with degrees in Society and Environment (B.Sc.) and International Development Economics (B.A.), and a minor in Global Poverty. She also a ruma and a Udall Scholar. assionate about community leadershi, service, and athletic, she as erved s a VGL mentor for the past two years n currentl ows for Green Templeton College.
Ted was a participant in the 2016 Veterans in Global Leadership’s Fellowship. He served as a Patriot Missile operator while on Active Duty, and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Inherent Resolve. Ted continues his military service today as an Army Reservist and currently holds a Company Command. As a civilian, Ted works as an Intelligence Analyst for the Department of Defense and resides in Washington DC. He recently completed the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, earning a Master of Arts (MA) with a concentration in Terrorism and Sub-State Violence.
Social Media Strategist
Maureen Elias is an Army veteran, Army military spouse, mother of three, and veteran advocate. She serves as the Assistant Director of The Veterans Health Council of Vietnam Veterans of America. Maureen served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the United States Army from 2001-2006. Maureen graduated in December 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University. In 2017 she was selected for the High Ground Veterans Advocacy Fellowship, received the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Fort Meade Base Spouse of the Year Award, received the BSU Presidential Student Leadership Award, selected as a Veterans in Global Leadership Fellow, performed in the 2018 Atlas Intersections ‘More Than a Uniform’ show and selected for the 2017 Class of Hillvets100.
Amine Moussaoui was a participant in the inaugural 2015 Veterans in Global Leadership’s Fellowship. He served in the U.S. Army in Infantry and Military Intelligence roles. Through personal travels and military deployments, Amine has experience living and working in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. He is also an Undergraduate Ambassador for Service to School, an organization dedicated to help veterans earn admission to the best universities possible and to help them maximize their education benefits. Amine recently completed a Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and resides in New York