Laura Rosenberger is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before she joined GMF, she was foreign policy advisor for Hillary for America, where she coordinated development of the campaign’s national security policies, messaging, and strategy. Prior to that, she served in a range of positions at the State Department and the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). As chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and as later, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken’s senior advisor, she counseled on the full range of national security policy. In her role at the NSC, she also managed the interagency Deputies Committee, the U.S. government’s senior-level interagency decision-making forum on our country’s most pressing national security issues. Laura also has extensive background in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly Northeast Asia. She served as NSC director for China and Korea, managing and coordinating U.S. policy on China and the Korean Peninsula, and in a variety of positions focused on the Asia-Pacific region at the Department of State, including managing U.S.–China relations and addressing North Korea’s nuclear programs. She also served as special assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, advising him on Asia-Pacific affairs and on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Laura first joined the State Department as a presidential management fellow.
Zack Cooper is co-director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He also serves as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. defense strategy and alliances in Asia. In addition, Zack is an adjunct assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, an associate at Armitage International, and a member of the board of advisors of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Zack served in the Pentagon and White House under the George W. Bush administration, first as special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy for policy and then as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism at the National Security Council. He has also been the senior fellow for Asian security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D., M.A., and M.P.A. from Princeton University and B.A. from Stanford University.
Ishmael Abuabara is the assistant to the director at the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied Global Affairs. Prior to joining ASD, he was a policy fellow at Foreign Policy for America. While living in San Antonio, Ishmael worked as a constituent service representative in the Office of Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Ishmael is interested in learning more about the vulnerabilities democracies face as information is increasingly used as a weapon by authoritarian actors. He is also interested in Chinese-United States geopolitical relations.
Bryce Barros is the China Affairs Analyst at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. He previously served as an analyst at Kharon researching sanctioned actors and related commercial activities tied to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, strategic trade controls, supply chains, and human rights abuses in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to that, he interned at the Long Term Strategy Group researching Sino-American Strategic Competition and the China Britain Business Council researching Chinese market entry for UK and EU companies. He is a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations member, Truman National Security Project Fellow, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists member, Pacific Forum Young Leader, Aspen Security Forum Scholar, and a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellow & Scholar. He holds a BA in Political Science from Norwich University, a MA in International Affairs from Texas A&M University, and is an honorary graduate of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Military Academy. Bryce speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and spent nearly two decades specializing in the Indo-Pacific region.
Kristine Berzina is a senior fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy in GMF's Brussels office. She focuses on U.S.–EU relations, NATO, and energy topics. Berzina, who lived in Moscow part-time from 2014 until 2016, also analyzes Russia’s foreign policy and writes about Baltic foreign policy and security issues. Berzina appears frequently in international media, including NPR, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, The Wall Street Journal, and Agence France-Presse.
Prior to joining GMF, Berzina worked on energy security, transatlantic cooperation, and climate change and security in Berlin, Germany and in Washington, D.C. A native of Latvia, Berzina grew up in the United States. She received her master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and her bachelor's in political science and history from Yale University. Berzina is a native speaker of English and Latvian, is fluent in German, and has a basic knowledge of Russian and French.
Joseph Bodnar is a program assistant with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also a graduate student at American University’s School of International Service with a regional focus on Europe and a thematic focus on democracy and governance. Prior to joining GMF, Joe worked as a program assistant at the Atlantic Council’s Global Strategy Initiative. He completed internships at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Wilson Center, the Center for European Policy Analysis, and GMF. Joe received his BA in history with a minor in political science from Kennesaw State University.
Jessica Brandt is head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was previously a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where her research focused on multilateral institutions and geopolitics, and where she led a cross-program initiative on Democracy at Risk. Jessica previously served as special adviser to the president of the Brookings Institution, as an International and Global Affairs fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and as the director of Foreign Relations for the Geneva Accord. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the American Ditchley Foundation, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.
Rachael Dean Wilson is the head of external affairs at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Rachael honed her strategic communication skills while serving in senior roles on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, as well as working in corporate communications and PR consulting. Most recently, Rachael served as communications director to Senator Jon Kyl and prior to that, she was a regional PR Director at Whole Foods Market where she managed strategic, crisis and consumer communications for the company's Mid-Atlantic and South regions. Rachael worked for the late Senator John McCain for six years, most recently serving as his Senate communications director and as an adviser to his reelection campaign in 2016. From 2014 to 2015, Rachael was the vice president of public relations at a boutique communications firm, where she built and managed the PR team, worked with a broad range of clients and developed new business. From 2010 to 2014, she worked as Senator McCain’s press secretary in the Senate. She began her career as a press assistant on McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Rachael received a bachelor’s degree in communications and public service from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amber Frankland is a research assistant for the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Prior to joining GMF, Amber interned with CSIS' Russia and Eurasia Program, the U.S. Department of State's former consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Casper, Wyoming office of U.S. Senator John Barrasso. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Russian and East European Studies and Linguistics. She received her master's degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University in June 2018. Amber speaks English and Russian, and has some knowledge of Kazakh.
Kayla Goodson is the communications assistant with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Prior to joining GMF, Kayla covered local government for The Salt Lake Tribune and BYU's Daily Universe and served as the managing editor of Strife Blog. She was also a communications trainee in GMF's Brussels office. Kayla enjoys dedicating her time to mentoring youth as a soccer coach, literacy mentor, and English teacher. Kayla graduated with her MA in international peace and security from King's College London, where she wrote her dissertation on narrative warfare. She received her BA in communications and French with a minor in international strategy and diplomacy from Brigham Young University. She speaks English and French.
Lindsay Gorman is the Emerging Technologies Fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy and a consultant for Schmidt Futures. Lindsay has spent over a decade at the intersection of technology development and national security policy, including in the Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Academy of Sciences. In the latter post, she supported the Committee on International Security and Arms Control in track II nuclear and cyber security dialogues with Chinese and Russian experts. A physicist and computer scientist by training, she previously ran a technology consulting firm, Politech Advisory, advising start-ups and venture capital and has developed cybersecurity tools in Silicon Valley. Her research focuses on understanding and crafting a transatlantic response China’s techno-authoritarian rise, from 5G and the future internet to information manipulation and censorship. Lindsay regularly briefs senior leaders across the Atlantic on these topics and building a democratic approach to emerging technologies. She is also a member of the Truman National Security Project and an awardee of the U.S. State Department Speaker Program.
Lindsay was also an adjunct fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Technology Policy Program. Her technical expertise lies in artificial intelligence, statistical machine learning, and quantum materials. Her commentary and analysis has appeared in outlets including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Foreign Policy, and Lawfare. As an expert in technology and national security policy, including artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, she has been interviewed on TV and radio by CBS News, NPR, Bloomberg, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and CBC Radio. She has also published a Nature Physics paper on topological insulators and programmed computer vision AI systems for a self-driving car in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Lindsay holds an A.B. in physics from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a M.S. in applied physics from Stanford University.
Jenny Gurev is a Resident Junior Fellow with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund, and a recipient of the Elbaz Post-Graduate Fellowship in Human Rights. Prior to joining GMF, Jenny served as the student manager for the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights. Previously, she served as an intern in the Office of Representative Doris Matsui working to support the Congresswoman’s work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She also worked as a Middle East peace process intern at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Jenny graduated with honors from Claremont McKenna College in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and wrote her senior thesis on how the 2016 election shaped American Jewish politics.
Bradley Hanlon is a program manager and analyst with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at GMF. Brad most recently served as a Brimley Congressional Fellow in the Office of Representative Elissa Slotkin working to support the Congresswoman’s work on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. He was previously a research assistant at ASD. Prior to joining GMF, he consulted for the Institute for the Study of War on Russian activity in the Middle East and North Africa. Earlier, he worked as a civilian research assistant at the National War College, and as an intern at the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in history and international and area studies and a minor in Russian and East European studies. Brad studied Russian at the University of Pittsburgh and at the International University in Moscow. He earned his master’s degree in security policy studies from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Nathan Kohlenberg is a research assistant for the Alliance for Securing Democracy. He previously served as a policy associate at the Truman National Security Project, where he remains a fellow. He has written about disinformation and foreign election interference in Defense One, Salon, Just Security, and elsewhere. He conducted research on the South China Sea conflict and contributed a chapter to South China Sea: Maintaining Peace/Preventing War, published by the JHU Press in 2017. Nathan has a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He speaks English and French.
Nad’a Kovalčíková is a program manager and fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy in GMF's Brussels office. While working on ASD’s European outreach, she focuses also on transatlantic cooperation, NATO, EU-U.S. relations and emerging security challenges. In addition, she analyses information operations, efforts to counter disinformation, and threats to democracy. She has developed her expertise through working at NATO, European Parliament, French and Canadian embassies, American Field Service, and several NGO and think thank projects in Belgium, Canada, France, and Slovakia. Nad’a Kovalčíková obtained her PhD. in international relations with a focus on security threats, and masters’ degrees in politics and government, European affairs, and international economic relations. In addition to being a native speaker of Slovak, she is fluent in English, French, and Czech, speaks Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of German.
David Levine is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. David previously served in a range of positions administering and observing elections, and advocating for election reform. As the Ada County, Idaho Elections Director, he managed the administration of all federal, state county and local district elections in Boise and its environs. As Election Management Advisor for the Washington, DC Board of Elections, he supported the Executive Director and the Board in highly complex matters relating to elections operations, data management, voter registration and outreach, and advised others concerning legislation, statutes and regulations impacting election programs. He also served as the Deputy Director of Elections for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Before he actually administered elections, David worked with advocacy groups to improve the election process. He has also observed elections overseas in a number of countries for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Haverford College and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Thomas Morley is a research assistant with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at GMF. Prior to joining GMF, he worked as a consultant with Sayari Analytics. Earlier, he worked as a program assistant at Yale University European Studies Council’s Russian Studies Program. He graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian and Eastern European Studies. He studied Russian at Tufts University and at Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg. He received his master’s degree in European and Russian Studies from Yale University in May 2016. He speaks English and Russian fluently, and has a working knowledge of German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Swedish.
Josh Rudolph is the Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. He previously served in a range of U.S. Government positions at the intersection of finance and national security. As advisor to the U.S. executive director at the International Monetary Fund, Josh formulated and represented official U.S. positions towards matters being decided by the IMF executive board. At the White House National Security Council, he chaired interagency diplomatic and technical work on Russia sanctions and coordinated other economic statecraft initiatives. He also served as deputy director of the markets room at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before his public service, Josh worked for seven years at J.P. Morgan in New York as an investment banker and financial markets research strategist. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Babson College and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a concentration in international trade and finance.
David Salvo is the deputy director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) and a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Salvo is the principal author of The ASD Policy Blueprint for Countering Authoritarian Interference in Democracies. He has appeared on media including NPR, CNN, Fox Business, ABC News, and VOA. Prior to joining GMF, Salvo was a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, serving most recently as the deputy secretary of state’s policy advisor for Europe, Eurasia, and international security issues. Salvo also advised senior-level State Department negotiators on the protracted conflicts in the South Caucasus, worked on U.S. policies toward NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and served overseas in Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He speaks Russian and Serbo-Croatian and has a basic knowledge of French. Salvo received his master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and a bachelor’s degree in government and Russian from Georgetown. He is an avid music lover and plays in several DC-area bands, including a tribute to the nationally renowned rock band Phish.
Bret Schafer is the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow. As an expert in computational propaganda, he has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and he has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and CBS and BBC radio. Prior to joining GMF, he spent more than ten years in the television and film industry, including stints at Cartoon Network and as a freelance writer for Warner Brothers. He also worked in Budapest as a radio host, in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga, and in Moscow as an intern in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Russia. He has a BS in communications with a major in radio/television/film from Northwestern University, and a master’s in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California, where he was the editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine.
Etienne Soula is a research assistant with the Alliance for Securing Democracy in GMF’s Brussels office. Prior to joining GMF, he was a research assistant with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Europe Program in Washington DC. His research there focused on foreign interference in European democracies. He has published several articles on Russian destabilization efforts and Chinese investments in Europe. Earlier, Etienne worked as an intern at the Hudson Institute and at NATO. In 2017, he completed a dual master program in international affairs at American University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nottingham and studied in Singapore for a year. A French national, Etienne is also fluent in German.
Dr. Ariane M. Tabatabai is the Middle East Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an adjunct senior research scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is also a Truman national security fellow and a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) term member. Prior to joining GMF, Tabatabai served as an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation, the director of curriculum and a visiting assistant professor of security studies at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and an international civilian consultant for NATO. Previously, Tabatabai was a post-doctoral fellow in the International Security Program and a Stanton nuclear security fellow in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where she was also an associate. She is the author of No Conquest, No Defeat — Iran’s National Security Strategy (Oxford University Press) and the co-author of Triple Axis: Iran's Relations With Russia and China (I.B.Tauris). She has published widely in academic, policy, and mainstream outlets, including International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy. Tabatabai holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King's College London and is a native French and Persian speaker.