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Mark Walker has 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill (1991-2016) as Chief of Staff and Foreign Affairs Committee Staff Director at the U.S. Congress

Mark Walker, Chairman

Mark A. Walker is the Chairman of SFS’s Board of Directors. Mr. Walker, a senior executive with 25 years of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior congressional staffer,  has been a leader in developing policy and legislation- and is recognized as an expert in management, budgeting, fundraising, and political organization. Mark Walker has served as a Chief of Staff, Senior Congressional Committee Staffer, and Staff Director for 9 Members of Congress, as well as a Senior Campaign Staffer for both Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Dan Quayle of Indiana. He most recently served as the Senior Staff Director for the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Walker shepherded five major pieces of bipartisan legislation through the House and Senate that became Public Laws when they were signed into law by the President. Mark Walker received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Wabash College where he was awarded an Eli Lilly Scholarship- and attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris.

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Daniel Martinez has 28 years of experience in diplomacy (1990-2018) as a senior Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department

Daniel Martinez, Secretary

Daniel Martinez is the Secretary of SFS’s Board of Directors. Prior to this role, Mr. Martinez served a 29-year diplomatic career in the US Foreign Service since 1990 in various capacities. Mr. Martinez has focused his efforts on promoting US economic and commercial interests in the natural resources arena in both Latin America and Southeast Asia, promoting a sustainable economic development model. Mr. Martinez has served as an Adviser in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issue and prior to this assignment, he served as Advisor in the Office of Monetary Affair promoting fiscal transparency, helping to draft the Department’s Annual Fiscal Transparency Report. He began his career as a Consular Officer in Bogota, Colombia and has been awarded several meritorious honor awards for his work in Washington and in the field. Mr. Martinez earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Col. Preston McLaughlin has a 27-year long military career (1983-2010) retiring as Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently Chief Operating Officer for Aquilae Consulting Services, LLC

Col. Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret., Treasurer

Preston McLaughlin, USMC Ret. is the Treasurer of SFS’s Board of Directors. Col. McLaughlin has a 27-year long military career (1983-2010) retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was appointed an Associate Professor of National Security to the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in August 2017. He also currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Aquilae Consulting Services, LLC.  He previously served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations and Support in the System High Corporation Support Team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Security & Intelligence Directorate from 2012-2016. After retirement from the Marine Corps, Col. McLaughlin served on the Staff and as Adjunct Faculty of The Citadel, The Military College of SC as a Program Manager for the Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics and as Director of Cadet and Teach, Advise and Coach (TAC) Officer Professional Development from 2010-2012.

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J.D. Gordon has more than a decade of experience working in and advising think tanks

J.D. Gordon

J.D. Gordon is a retired career naval officer with afloat and ashore posts in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He served as a Pentagon spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005-2009. Since then, he’s been a Senior Fellow and Adviser to various think tanks and foundations in Washington, DC, as well as a columnist and television commentator on numerous media outlets in English and Spanish languages such as One America News, Fox News, Sky News, Univision, Telemundo, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The Hill and USA Today.  His guest speaker appearances have included Parliaments, prestigious universities such as Oxford and Georgetown, and think tanks in over a dozen countries. Born in New York City, Gordon was raised in New Jersey where he graduated from Wall High School. He was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Pennsylvania State University where he received a B.A. in Communications. Gordon also holds an M.A. in Diplomacy from Norwich University, a senior executive certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

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Joseph M. Humire has more than a decade of experience working in and managing think tanks

Joseph M. Humire

Joseph M. Humire is a global security expert, specialized in analyzing trans-regional threats in the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Humire provides regular briefings and lectures on international terrorism, transnational organized crime, Islamism and Iran and Hezbollah’s influence in the Americas, has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and has served as an expert witness to several important terrorism trials, as well as, is a regular national security commentator for a variety of major English and Spanish language media, including Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español, and NTN24 regional news network, as well as Fox News and CNN International.

Mr. Humire currently serves as the executive director of the next generation, national security think tank—Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS)—based in Washington D.C. and is a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and the Middle East Forum. Prior to SFS, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps with a combat tour in Iraq and a multinational training exercise UNITAS in Latin America and the Caribbean. After leaving the military, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics and Global Affairs. Mr. Humire began building SFS’s global network of more than 100 security scholars in almost 30 countries worldwide as the Director of Institute Relations at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.