Board of Directors

William J. Denn
Chairman of the Board

William J. Denn is a U.S. military officer currently based in Washington, DC. He previously served as the Senior Intelligence Trainer at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center and as the senior intelligence officer of the global readiness force brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. Denn is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and previously commanded a military intelligence unit 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 U.S. 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 of the Command and General Staff College. He is also a term-member at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written for the Washington Post, Boston Herald, Military Review, and other academic and military journals on national security, intelligence, and interagency cooperation issues.

Armen Melikian
Executive Director

Armen Melikian is an operations analyst at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory detailed to US European Command. Previously he served as an engineer in the Laboratory’s Air and Missile Defense mission area, where he supported tactics development, test and evaluation, and future concepts assessments for multiple United States Navy combat systems. He holds a Master of Science in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Olivia Zetter
Board Member

Olivia Zetter is a Director for Research and Analysis at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. She previously served at the Department of State as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues and as the Special Advisor on Trans-Regional Issues to the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. She has also served as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Department of Defense. Prior to her time in government, Ms. Zetter worked in Washington and on-site abroad to manage stabilization and conflict management programs in the Middle East and South Asia with a U.S. government implementing partner. Ms. Zetter received her Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from American University.

Chris McGuire
Director of Finance

Chris McGuire currently is the Director for Research and Analysis at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Previously he served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department, with the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance. Chris has also served as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to government service he worked as a quantitative analyst with McKinsey & Company in New York. He has earned a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Arts from Pomona College.

Josh Stiefel
Director of Partnership and Outreach

Josh Stiefel serves as a Professional Staff Member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) staff. Previously, he served as Senior Cyber Policy Advisor at the Department of the Treasury, sitting at the nexus of national security, cyber policy, and economic security and working closely with Executive Branch agencies, independent regulators, and financial institutions. Josh began his career as a political-military analyst at the Department of Defense and held multiple positions at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Joint Staff for which he received the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award. Concurrent to his work with the HASC, Josh is an officer with the U.S. Navy Reserve, a board member with the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization’s DC Chapter, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Arts with Honors from Lehigh University.