OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Executive Director and Chairman
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.
Chief of Staff
Edward is currently completing his MBA at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Prior to graduate school, he served as a Senior Analyst for the Veteran Benefits Administration's Office of Strategic Planning in Washington D.C. Before that, he managed infrastructure construction projects in East Afghanistan under USAid. Edward is also a former Marine who deployed to Iraq twice as an enlisted infantryman with 1st Battalion 6th Marines Regiment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business from Ohio State University and when he completes his MBA, Edward will be joining Google in Mountain View, CA, where he has previously interned.
Director of Communications
Rob has served for more than 25 years as a leader for high performance teams in fast-moving, high-stakes environments. He currently serves as a Chief Officer for a major metropolitan fire department. Prior to joining the urban fire service, Rob graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as a naval officer in operations ranging from counter-narcotics deployments to disaster-response during Hurricane Katrina. Rob has deployed internationally to Europe, Asia and South America. He has received various unit and individual awards including the Navy Commendation Medal and the Vice-Presidential “Hammer” Award for Reinvention in Government. Rob earned an advanced diploma in National Security Studies from the Naval War College and an MPA from UNC-Charlotte. He is the co-founder of a leadership development company called The Iron Project, and lives in North Carolina with his wife and their 4 children.
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 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
Ahva is an Adjunt Fellow at American Security Project (ASP) and recent graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a MSc in Human Rights (Merit). At LSE, Ahva served as President of the Human Rights Students Committee and an Academic Affairs Representative to the Taught Graduate Students. Ahva was recently named a 2016 John Lewis Fellow with Humanity in Action. Additionally, she has held multiple internships with the US Department of State contributing to research on the 2015 Human Rights Report on the Middle East and 2014 Trafficking In Persons Report. She is a three-time National Outstanding Award recipient at the American Model United Nations conference for debate and resolutions and a professional cellist. Ahva is passionate about social entrepreneurship and has worked for multiple nonprofits. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law at the University of Arizona as the Outstanding Senior from the Honors College.