National Security Team Lead


Sarah Sewall is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group responsible for overseeing the review process for Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Foreign Assistance, and the Intelligence Community agencies.

Department of State Review Team Leads

Tom Donilon is a partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers and serves on the firm’s global governing committee. Tom served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton Administration. Since leaving the Department he has remained deeply involved in the national security arena. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the National Security Advisory Group to the Congressional Leadership, the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, the Miller Center of Public Affairs Governing Council, and the Trilateral Commission.

Wendy R. Sherman is a Principal of The Albright Group LLC and of Albright Capital Management LLC. Ambassador Sherman served as Counselor and chief troubleshooter for the State Department, as well as Special Advisor to President Clinton and Policy Coordinator on North Korea. Sherman is a recognized expert on national security issues and serves as a frequent analyst on major news outlets. She was recently appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

Department of Defense Review Team Leads

Michèle A. Flournoy is President and Co-Founder of the Center for a New American Security. Previously, she was a senior adviser at CSIS and a distinguished research professor at NDU. In the Clinton administration, she was dual-hatted as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and threat reduction and deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy. She is on the board of the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the Executive Board of Women in International Security, and a former member of the Defense Policy Board.

John P. White is Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer and Chair of the Kennedy School Middle East Initiative. He served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1995 to 1997, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1978 to 1981, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics from 1977 to 1978, and as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1961. Prior to his most recent government service, White was the Director of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University and the Chair of the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces.

Department of Homeland Security Review Team Leads

Robert R. Beers is President of the National Security Network, a non-profit communications strategy group focusing on national security issues. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs from 1998-2002 and as a member of the White House National Security Council Staff under Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and both Bushes from 1988-1998 and 2002-2003. Beers served as the national security advisor to presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004, and has previously served as a government official in the U.S. Marine Corps, the Foreign Service and the Civil Service.

Clark Kent Ervin is the Director of the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program. He joined the Institute in 2005. He previously served as the first Inspector General of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from 2003 to 2004. Prior to his service at DHS, Ervin served as the Inspector General of the United States Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, from August, 2001 to January, 2003. His service in the administration of President George W. Bush is preceded by his service as the Associate Director of Policy in the White House Office of National Service in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. He served in the state government of Texas from 1995 to 2001, first as Assistant Secretary of State, and then as a Deputy Attorney General. He has practiced law twice in the private sector, with the Houston-based firms of Vinson & Elkins, and Locke, Liddell, & Sapp, respectively.

Foreign Assistance (USAID, MCC and PEPFAR) Review Team Leads

Gayle E. Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where she leads the Sustainable Security Program, Co-Chairs the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and is Co-Founder of the ENOUGH Project. She is a member of the HELP Commission and serves on the boards of Oxfam, the Africa America Institute and the National Security Network, and on the advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, DATA/ONE Campaign, and the Center for a New American Security. Smith served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.

Aaron Williams is Vice President for International Business Development and is responsible for representing RTI International’s consulting practice in the Washington, DC office. Williams has over 25 years of experience in policy formulation, strategic planning, and the design and implementation of development assistance programs. As a senior manager at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Executive Vice President at the International Youth Foundation, Williams created and managed innovative public-private partnerships between global corporations, government entities (USG and host country), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and international foundations. Williams was awarded the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award in 1998 and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service in 1992 and 1988.

Intelligence Community Review Team Leads

(Includes Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Counterterrorism Center)

John O. Brennan is President and CEO of The Analysis Corporation. He previously served as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official from 1980-2005, including positions as interim Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, Deputy Executive Director of the CIA, Chief of Staff to the Director of Central Intelligence, CIA Station Chief in Middle East, and the CIA's daily intelligence briefer at the White House.

Judith A. (“Jami”) Miscik was the Global Head of Sovereign Risk at Lehman Brothers from 2005 to 2008, assessing emerging market risks for the firm and its clients. She serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Ditchley Foundation. Miscik was a career intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving as Deputy Director for Intelligence from 2002 to 2005 and as the Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.


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