January 17, 2024 | Press Release


January 17, 2024 | Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 17, 2024 – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) announced its class of 2024 National Security Fellows. The class is comprised of bipartisan, mid-career, national-security practitioners with experience in government, the armed forces, communications, the non-profit space, and the private sector.  

FDD’s National Security Fellows Program (NSFP) is a 12-month program that seeks to train the next generation of U.S. national security leaders by providing them with mentorship from FDD experts; programming that includes off-the-record conversations with high-level government officials, policy experts, and ambassadors; and leadership development skill-building workshops and networking opportunities. Fellows are also given the opportunity to apply for FDD’s National Security Trip to Israel, a seven-day intensive national security themed trip which includes high-level meetings with government officials; current and former Israeli and American national security practitioners; journalists; military officials; and professionals in the private sector.  

This year’s class includes congressional staffers, members of the military, executive branch officials, consultants, experts from think tanks, legal practitioners, and private-sector leaders. They join FDD’s National Security Network, which is comprised of over 600 mid-career national security practitioners.   

“FDD is delighted to welcome this accomplished group of bipartisan national security practitioners into the 2024 National Security Fellows Program,” said Clifford D. May, FDD’s founder and president. “Since 2011, FDD has remained committed to investing in America’s rising national security leaders. We look forward to providing these outstanding individuals with networking opportunities, skill-building workshops, and roundtable conversations with high-level experts and officials over the course of 2024.” 

More information about FDD’s NSFP can be found at https://www.fdd.org/national-security-fellows-program/     

2024 National Security Fellows  

  • Hadeia Amiry, Center for a New American Security 
  • Kirsten Asdal, Plymouth Rock Consulting
  • Travis Berent, The U.S. National Security Council 
  • Allen Black, U.S. Air Force 
  • Andrew Bossert, Space Advisory Group LLC & U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • Julia Bristol, Guidehouse 
  • Evan Bruccoleri, U.S. Army  
  • Daniel Cassidy, U.S. Department of Defense & U.S. Army 
  • Virginia Clark, U.S. Department of Commerce 
  • Jonathan Earles, U.S. Department of State 
  • Arielle Goldberg, Vallecito Capital LLC  
  • Emily Hardman Rodgers, U.S. Department of State 
  • Brandon Holt, Strategic Advisory Firm 
  • Eliora Katz, Financial Institution
  • Alison King, Forescout 
  • Michael Levine, U.S. House of Representatives 
  • Nikita Mann, U.S. Senate 
  • Lexi Marten, Guidehouse 
  • Cassandra Miller, U.S. Army 
  • Stephanie Pendarvis, U.S. House of Representatives 
  • Nicholas Perez, Cooley LLP & U.S. Marine Corps  
  • Christopher Peters, U.S. Navy 
  • Jeffrey Peterson, U.S. Air Force 
  • Connor Pfeiffer, Forum for American Leadership 
  • Jeremy Pinson, U.S. Army 
  • Jaimie Reiff, The MITRE Corporation 
  • Keome Rowe, U.S. Department of State 
  • Leah Siskind, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Robby Smith Saunders, U.S. Senate 
  • Michelle Washington, U.S. Department of Defense 

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