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David M. Abshire
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COO and Program

Jay M. Parker

Robert E. Henderson
Vice President

Corazon B. Mendoza
Executive Assistant to the President

Jonah Czerwinski
Senior Research Associate and
Director of Homeland Security Projects

Jeffery Thomas
Research Fellow

Alex J. Douville
Strategic Planning Director
Special Assistant to the President

Phyllis d'Hoop
Director, Civility and Governance Project

Mary B. O'Connor
Director of Outreach

John Boyer
Congessional Liaison

Meghann E. King
Research Assistant,
Homeland Security Projects

Ysbrant A. Marcelis
Research Associate

Catenna J. Daniels
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Jessica M. Morgan
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Bret S. Lambert
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Staff Biographies

Jonah J. Czerwinski
Senior Research Associate and
Director of Homeland Security Projects

Jonah J. Czerwinski is Senior Research Associate and Director of Homeland Security Projects at the Center for the Study of the Presidency. He directs the Homeland Security Roundtable, which regularly convenes leaders of the think tank community, academia, and private sector with senior Homeland Security leadership of the Executive Branch to discuss various critical issues related to the Homeland Security. Mr. Czerwinski helps lead a Center study on strengthening the transatlantic relationship through NATO, which released its first report, Maximizing NATO in the War on Terror, in May 2005. He also edits an Issue Paper series for the Center and co-directs a project on combating the smuggled nuclear threat, which was instrumental in creating the government’s new interagency Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. He is a 2005 Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute of George Washington University.

Mr. Czerwinski was a contributing writer to and research coordinator of the Center’s 2001 report on Comprehensive Strategic Reform. He was project coordinator and principal writer of Forward Strategic Empowerment: Synergies Between CINCs, the State Department, and Other Agencies, and assistant editor and contributor to In Harm’s Way: Intervention and Prevention. He directed the Center’s working group on The U.S.-Canada Strategic Partnership in the War on Terrorism.

More recently, Mr. Czerwinski served as a member of the Taskforce for Examining the Roles, Mission, and Organization of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which published its recommendations as DHS 2.0 (December 2004). He was a 2004 Manfred Wörner Fellow.

Prior to joining the Center in late 1999, Mr. Czerwinski was an analyst with the program in International Finance and Economic Policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). While at CSIS, he became research assistant to founder and long-time CEO of CSIS, Ambassador David Abshire. Czerwinski has worked with the George Washington University Center for International Health on the intersection of international security and health, as a consultant to CSIS, and as coordinator for the Trinity National Leadership Roundtable.

Media appearances include expert interviews on CNN and CNN-International, in addition to being interviewed by The New York Times, The National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, and other news outlets. Mr. Czerwinski has lectured at the Elliot School of International Affairs (George Washington University), the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM, University of Maryland), and the Graduate School at Salve Regina University. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army of Washington, DC.


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