For more than two decades I served as an executive manager, leader, and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency. I was incredibly fortunate to have my dream career as an intelligence officer, but a few years ago I decided it was time for new challenges. My first leap into the private sector was as principal at a DC-based homeland security consulting company, which exposed me to the ins and outs of the contracting world and subjects ranging from cyber security to risk analysis. It was interesting but ultimately not for me. My second leap was even further out of my comfort zone, as I became Director of Operations for a big data analytics software company in the Middle East. In that position I learned about software development and how to run a company with an international workforce spread across the globe. It was fascinating, but living apart form my family got pretty old after a year.
When I decided to come back to the States, I did some soul searching about what my next adventure should be and realized helping others develop their leadership and management skills was my true passion. I created a series of classes based on my experiences as a leader. Much to my relief, people enjoyed them and got a lot out of my unique spin on leadership.
Fast forward to today, and I have embraced my passion in ways that have me wearing several professional hats. As an independent consultant I provide unique leadership, management, and professional skills training and coaching in the public and private sectors. As Vice President at JTG, Inc., I oversee the development of Proficiency1, a new online training community serving professionals in the national security and risk intelligence fields. Proficiency1 grew out of a startup a friend and I founded in 2019, E38 Academy, that JTG purchased in 2020.
When I’m not working, I’m enjoying life in Ashburn, Virginia, with my wife, who is a sculptor. We have three adult children and two cats. Before coming south to work for the Agency, I spent my entire life in New England. I earned my BA in government at Dartmouth College and my PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
…after living my dream
During my 22 years at the CIA I had the type of career I dreamed about while in grad school. I held numerous leadership positions, running regional analytical units that followed high-profile issues in the Middle East and South and East Asia. As Deputy Director of the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center, I helped drive Agency analysis of foreign weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, and technology development programs. I served a tour on the National Intelligence Council as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia and spent several years in the Directorate of Operations.
At the Agency I also had the chance to work in training and personnel development. I ran the leadership and management training program within the Directorate of Analysis (DA) and created and taught a key leadership course for DA managers. At the end of my career I was the DA’s first Lead Talent Officer. I also ran several large analyst recruiting efforts and created and ran a unique program that teamed senior DA officers with universities around the country to help students thinking about a career in intelligence. I was also a frequent guest lecturer on campuses and developed close working relationships with professors at several top academic institutions.