Since its founding in 2008 by Ambassador Michael Sheehan and Mr. Vincent Viola, the Madison Policy Forum’s (MPF) mission has been to advance rigorous, nonpartisan policy reviews of key national security issues.  In the tradition of our fourth President, James Madison, MPF’s goal is to promote informed public discussion, which he considered a critical component of an effective democracy.  



The Madison Policy Forum achieves its mission by convening forums, hosting conferences, and sponsoring fellowships focusing on critical national security issues facing our nation.  From 2008 until 2012, MPF was focused on three main areas: terrorism, intelligence, and cyber threats.  During this period, MPF conducted a series of forums focused on these topics both in New York City and at West Point.

Starting in 2012, MPF began to focus more on cyber security issues while simultaneously building a deeper partnership with Fordham University’s Center on National Security.  The MPF Military-Business Cybersecurity Fellowship (originally “Military Business Dialogue”) has developed into a network of national thought leaders on cybersecurity.   

Most recently, the Madison Policy Forum has embarked upon a review of US and global energy. The purpose of the study is to provide unbiased data about the trends in the principle energy sectors, their respective subsidies and CO2 emissions. It reviews key countries including the US, EU, Germany, China and India and various states within the US with divergent energy plans. Our intent is to provide clear and contextualized data to inform energy policy and gain public support.  


Vincent Viola, President and Board Member

Vinnie Viola graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1977. He served in the 101st Airborne Division and completed both Ranger and Airborne Schools. In 1983, he graduated from the New York Law School.  Vinnie is the Chairman Emeritus of Virtu Financial and served as both the Vice Chairman (1993–1996) and Chairman (2001–2004) of the New York Mercantile Exchange.  Vinnie has launched a number of successful businesses during his career, including Virtu Financial and a regional banking group in Texas that is now listed on NASDAQ (IBTX).  He is also the owner of the Florida Panthers of the NHL and a governor on the NHL's Board of Governors.   Shortly after September 11, 2001, Vinnie was instrumental in founding the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. As an active alumnus of the Academy, he has a passion to support West Point’s mission to educate, train, and inspire the next generation of Army leaders.


Douglas Cifu, Board Member

Douglas Cifu is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Virtu Financial.  Prior to joining Virtu, Mr. Cifu was a Partner at Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (“Paul Weiss”). At Paul Weiss, Mr. Cifu served as a member of the Management Committee, Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department and co-head of the Private Equity Group. Highly regarded by peers, Mr. Cifu is recognized in Chambers USA and Legal 500 as a leading mergers and acquisitions lawyer for buyouts and private equity transactions. In 2006, Private Equity International included Mr. Cifu in its list of the 30 most influential lawyers currently working in global private equity, citing in particular his expertise in technology-driven sectors. He has also been recognized by Crain’s New York Business in its “Technology 100,” a listing of the top 100 persons working in technology in the New York area. Mr. Cifu completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from Columbia University in 1987 where he graduated magna cum laude.


Anthony Manganiello, Board Member

Mr. Manganiello graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1977. Mr. Manganiello has 30-years of experience as a technology and operations leader in the United States Army and financial services sector. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, and participated in many deployments, including Operation Desert Storm. He holds a MS in robotics from MIT as well as numerous other advanced degrees in finance and management. He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Virtu Financial where he is responsible for the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of the firm’s non-trading activities, while remaining fully integrated with the technology development and infrastructure of Virtu. Mr. Manganiello worked previously at both Goldman Sachs and Lehman Bothers before coming to Virtu. Having taught mathematics at West Point and teaching as an adjunct professor for many years, he is excited to push the envelope of digital education technology in order to transform learning inside and outside of the classroom.


Timothy Strabbing, Board Member

Tim Strabbing graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001, serving as Brigade Commander his final year. Mr. Strabbing was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend Oxford University, earning a Master’s Degree in Russian and Eastern Studies. As an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, Mr. Strabbing served two combat tours in Al Anbar, Iraq, including leading a platoon in the Battle of Fallujah. Mr. Strabbing subsequently taught U.S. foreign policy and irregular warfare in the Political Science Department at the Naval Academy. After leaving active duty, he served as a civilian policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. Mr. Strabbing currently serves as the Executive Director of the Viola Foundation, focusing on education, national security, and faith-based initiatives. In addition to his leadership of Rowan Technology, he enjoys facilitating fellowships for the Madison Policy Forum, supporting the Downing Scholarship program, and range of other philanthropic activities.


Michael Sheehan, Executive Director

Ambassador Michael A. Sheehan is the executive director of Madison Policy Forum. He has a 35 year career in public service at the Departments of State and Defense, the United Nations, and NYPD. He is also a career officer and graduate of USMA 1977 and has a master’s Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 1988.


Karen Greenberg, Senior Fellow

Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and

Her newest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror's impact on justice and law in America. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones,, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.