Executive Team

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Joseph M. Humire

Executive Director

Joseph M. Humire is the Executive Director of SFS. As a global security expert specializing on transnational threats in the Western Hemisphere, he provides regular briefings on international terrorism, transnational organized crime, Islamism and Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere to various entities within the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community, as well as prominent think tanks and universities around the world. He appears regularly before the U.S. Congress to provide briefings and testimony on national security issues and has also testified before the European, Canadian, and Andean Parliament, as well as the Argentine and Peruvian Congress. In 2016, Mr. Humire served as an expert witness in an important terrorism trial in Lima, Peru.

Mr. Humire publishes regularly in Fox News, Breitbart News, the Washington Times and the Huffington Post and has featured scholarly articles in the Small Wars Journal and the Journal of International Security Affairs, among others. He is also a frequent national security commentator for a variety of major English and Spanish language media, including: Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español, as well as CNN International, Canada’s CTV and China’s Global Television Network.

Mr. Humire released his first book, Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America, published by Lexington Books, in October 2014. More recently, he published a major monograph titled, “After Nisman: How the death of a prosecutor revealed Iran’s growing influence in the Americas.”

Prior to SFS, Mr. Humire served in the U.S. Marine Corps with combat tours in Iraq and a multinational training exercise UNITAS in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the military, he attended George Mason University, where he studied Global Affairs and Economics. He began building SFS’s global network of more than 100 security scholars in close to 30 countries as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. His unique blend of military experience, economics education, and expertise in asymmetric warfare–makes him a rising star in the U.S. foreign policy and national security community.

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 Fernando Menéndez

Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives

Fernando Menéndez, an economist and political analyst, is SFS’s Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives. He is the co-author, with SFS executive director Joseph Humire and Canadian scholar Victoria Henderson, of “Canada on Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba,” and co-author of “The Anti-Dollar Alliance: Russia, China and Ecuador Advance Against the Global Dominance of the U.S. Dollar,” as well as “A Nuclear Latin America?” in Defense Dossier (American Foreign Policy Council). He is SFS’s editor-in-chief for major publications and research documents and oversees our training program development and other educational ventures.

Mr. Menéndez is a well-known scholar and analyst of Latin American populist movements, while his research and writing focus on Cuba’s economic and political history and Cuba-U.S. relations as well as on the emergence and growing economic and political penetration of China in Latin America.  In 2015, he testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on the topic of “The New Cuba Policy and the Implications for U.S. National Security.” He also writes a regular column for China-US Focus and appears frequently on China’s CGTN America programs to provide insight and expertise on events in Cuba and Latin America.

During a career as a consultant to institutions and corporations, he earned a magna cum laude degree in economics and philosophy from George Mason University, focused on the Hayekian concept of the “second-hand dealer in ideas,” and was awarded with a Graduate of the Decade Award by the College of Humanities.  His graduate studies included work on the Austrian theory of the market process and extensive research on economic development and comparative economic models. He has also been cited by private clients and learning organizations for his excellence in training and organizational development for more than twenty years.

Mr. Menéndez’s work has appeared in The Hill, Fox News Latino, The Commentator, Trending Central and Breitbart London.  He has also appeared as a political commentator on Colombia’s NTN24 television network, the Voice of America’s Foro Internacional, as well as an ongoing commentator on CTV (Canada).

As principal of his leadership and development consulting practice he has lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C., Northeastern University, and the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala among other centers of learning.

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Rachel Echeto 

Program Manager

Rachel Echeto is SFS’s Program Manager. She first joined SFS in 2014 as an undergraduate intern in the Fund for American Studies Institute on Economics and International Affairs program. As an intern, Ms. Echeto worked on translation of policy reports and op-eds on Latin American politics and the production of the 2014 book, “Iran’s Strategic Penetration of Latin America.”

Following her internship at SFS, Ms. Echeto worked with the US Consulate in Guadalajara, MX as an intern in the US Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service Program, researching economic and political data in Mexico and creating reports for the consulate. In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Linguistics and was awarded the Senior Recognition Award for Service to the Department by the USC Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Ms. Echeto continues to work as a translator with Latin American investigative journalists and contributed to research on the 2016 special report “After Nisman: How the death of a prosecutor revealed Iran’s growing influence in the Americas” by Executive Director Joseph Humire. She also recently contributed a chapter on Argentina to the American Foreign Policy Council’s Almanac of Islamism.

Ms. Echeto has been certified by the Spanish government as fluent in Spanish at the B2 level, and has lived and worked in Spain and Mexico.

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EJ Photo.jpgEj Kimball 
Senior Fellow for Government Affairs

EJ Kimball, a national security consultant, is SFS’s Senior Fellow for Government Affairs. Mr. Kimball has been referenced in the Jerusalem Post and The Hill and has been published in the Sun Sentinel.

Mr. Kimball is an expert on Middle East policy, issues related to Islamic terrorism and ideology, and national security who provides training to law enforcement professionals, national security organizations, business groups, and religious communities on the nature of the extremist threat and engagement techniques.

He has served multiple roles on and off the Hill, including Staff Director of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, Foreign Policy Counsel to US Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC), Director of Government Relations for Jorge Scientific Corporation, and most recently, Director of US Operations for the Israel Allies Foundation. Mr. Kimball currently serves as the President of EJK Strategies.

Mr. Kimball graduated from Boston University, earned his Juris Doctor from Western New England College, and received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service.