The leaders of CENSA - both the board of directors and collective group of project heads - reflect the drive and diversity of the membership. The team that will lead CENSA from its current stage to that of being a regular contributor to the security dialogue is well versed in strategic management and has substantive expertise across the national security spectrum. Moreover, the collective ties the board has with national security leaders and influencers across the security, nonprofit and private sectors ensure that CENSA is well positioned to penetrate the security dialogue - not simply echo it.

Matthew Ryan

Executive Director

Appointed CENSA Executive Director in November 2017, Matt Ryan previously served for over 5 years in the United States Army as both an Infantry Officer and an Intelligence Officer. Mr. Ryan has led large and small organizations throughout the U.S. Army, and has served in South Korea, South America, and Afghanistan. Mr. Ryan holds a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

William J. Denn

Major William J. Denn is a U.S. Army officer currently serving as a planner for the 82nd Airborne Division. Denn is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and previously commanded a military intelligence company at the National Security Agency. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, a M.P.P. from Harvard University, a M.M.A.S. in strategic studies from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a M.M.A.S. in theater operations from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. He is a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award and was recognized as the distinguished honor graduate at the Command And General Staff College. He has written for the Washington Post, Boston Herald, Military Review, and other academic and military journals on national security and interagency cooperation issues.

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