CLASS OF 2016 FELLOWS
Sam Adelsberg is currently a Special Counsel at the FBI focusing on cyber issues. Before that, Sam served as a law clerk for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously, he was the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen. Sam also served as a Special Assistant to the Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions, Brigadier General Mark Martins. Before his government service, Sam bridged his interest in conflict resolution and development by co-founding LendforPeace.org, the first web portal enabling individuals to lend directly to vetted micro-entrepreneurs in the Middle East. He has previously worked for the Clinton Foundation, former Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), and the Department of Justice. Sam received his J.D. from Yale Law School after graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he studied Modern Middle East Studies and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Among other publications, Sam has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Politico, the Harvard Law and Policy and Review, and other publications.
Mike Brizendine is currently the team leader for the cyber threat analysis team within the Goldman Sachs Security Incident Response Team. His responsibilities include the identification and analysis of threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures to generate actionable intelligence that can prevent and mitigate potential threats to the firm’s infrastructure. Previously, Mike worked as a consultant and led teams of analysts investigating deep web threats for both government and commercial customers. He is a graduate of the George Washington University with an M.A. in Criminal Justice and earned his B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University. Mike also holds Project Management Professional (PMP), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), and Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) certifications.
A Cyber Operations Officer, Major Charlie Lewis currently serves as the Chief of the Cyber Leader College at the U.S. Army Cyber School. Commissioned in the Field Artillery, he served as Fire Support Officer to Company Commander with 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Most recently, he taught as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at USMA, serving as Department Executive Officer his last year. His military education includes the Army’s Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and Combat Diver schools, along with the Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course – Georgia (JACWC-G) and the Army Cyberspace Operations Planners Course (ACOPC). Charlie is a 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He is married to the former Marie Cicerelle, also a 2004 USMA graduate.
Jonathon Monken is the Vice President of U.S. Operations for the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council. In this capacity he works with government and industry to develop best practices and capabilities to improve the resilience of life support infrastructure systems to widespread, longduration power outages, known as “Black Sky” events. Mr. Monken has broad ranging experience in the areas of defense, homeland security, public safety and emergency management. During the past several years he pioneered programs for critical information sharing, public and private sector integration and large-scale exercise development and execution.
Most recently Mr. Monken served as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) from February of 2011 to January of 2015 where he oversaw Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 225+ employees and a budget of more than $425 million. In this capacity, he also served as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor. At IEMA, Mr. Monken directed the response and recovery effort to a wide variety of disasters including flooding, blizzards, and tornadoes.
Prior to becoming IEMA director, Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served as an armor officer for one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Major Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat. He is currently serving in the Army Reserves supporting the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Monken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Micaela R.H. McMurrough is an attorney in the Litigation Department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Her practice focuses on antitrust, intellectual property, and M&A deal litigation. Ms. McMurrough was born in Newtown, Connecticut. She graduated with Honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1998, received an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 2007, where she was Book Review Editor for the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. McMurrough served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. As a Lieutenant, she was a platoon leader and Company Executive Officer for the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Darmstadt, Germany, and Pristina, Kosovo. Ms. McMurrough became a Captain in 2002 and served as the Assistant Chief of Intelligence Operations for the 10th Mountain Division. In 2003, she deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Brigade Intelligence Officer for the 10th Aviation Brigade. Ms. McMurrough received a Bronze Star Medal for her service in Afghanistan. Ms. McMurrough joined Cravath as a summer associate in 2006. Following her law school graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Paul A. Crotty, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She returned to Cravath in 2009. In 2015, Ms. McMurrough was named as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She completed the program with a focus on issues concerning national security and the intelligence community. She resides in New York City.
Brian Nussbaum is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany, where he teaches about homeland security, terrorism, intelligence, and cyber threats. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) at George Washington University. He previously served for almost a decade as an intelligence analyst and risk analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT), and served as the first ever Visiting Professor of Homeland Defense at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Brian received his BA in political science from Binghamton University, and his MA and PhD in political science from the University at Albany.
CPT Blake Rhoades is a member of the Army Cyber Institute's Analysis Cell and an Instructor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences. From 2012-2013, he was the company commander of the Army's first Cyber National Mission Team at the 780th MI Brigade in Ft. Meade, MD, and has deployed twice as a signals intelligence platoon leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds an M.S. in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of Alabama . His research interests include the application of IR theory to the cyber domain, cyber norm building, cybersecurity, vulnerability analysis, and foreign policy.
Alexander currently serves as Counsel in the Capital Markets Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services where he is a senior member of DFS’s cybersecurity and virtual currency teams. He co-leads several of DFS’s initiatives related to cybersecurity and virtual currency in addition to working on investigations related to improper practices within the spot foreign exchange market. Prior to joining DFS, he was an Associate at Shipkevich PLLC where he advised clients seeking to register with the CFTC regarding regulatory requirements arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. He also worked on investigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities, indenture trustees, and insurance pricing at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Alexander received a B.A. in History from Stony Brook University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Justin Shafer is a Network Defense Manager for the Cyber National Mission Force. His past assignments include Network Engineer in the 3rd Infantry Division and US Army Africa, and as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the 10th Mountain Division. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Field of Study in Chinese from the United States Military Academy, and is pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, and Command and General Staff School.
Maggie Smith currently serves as an Analysis and Production SubElement Team Lead within the 781st Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyberspace Operations) and the Cyber National Mission Force. She also serves as the Pat Tillman Foundation's Regional Foundation Captain for Washington DC-Metro Region. She originally enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps in 2004 and pursued a commission through the Army's Green to Gold Program attending Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy to earn a masters degree in defense and intelligence policy with a focus on cyber. During her time at McCourt, she was named her class's Whittington Scholar, a Pat Tillman Foundation Military Scholar, and a Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholar. She is a trained senior watch officer, cyberspace operations planer, and offensive cyberspace operations mission commander. Maggie is the proud mother of a seven year old daughter, Emily and is a competitive runner and Spartan racer for the Army.
Husain Suterwala is currently working as a senior analyst with the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, managing investigations and serving as a subject matter expert on counterterrorism threats related to the Middle East and South Asia. As a lead analyst in the Cyber Intelligence Unit, he is responsible for monitoring the social media presence of extremist organizations. Husain has briefed foreign leaders, parliamentarians, NATO commanders, and law enforcement executives, discussing the use of social media by extremist groups. Prior to joining the NYPD, Husain worked as a consultant for several federal agencies. Husain holds a JD in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence from Aljamea-tus-Saifiyah, a BA in International Relations from American University, and a Master’s degree in Arabic from the University of Maryland. While in graduate school, Husain served as a National Security Education Program Fellow for two years, during which he spent a year living in Syria and attending graduate classes at Damascus University. Husain possesses advance fluency in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, and intermediate Persian.
Dan Trimble has a unique background at the nexus of technology, geopolitics, and industry. He has been a consultant, advisor, and senior manager in high-tech product development, marketing, and government affairs for Fortune 1000 and startup companies for 25 years. As a US Coast Guard reserve officer, he specializes in disaster response and intelligence. He most recently served in the intelligence community as a cyber threats team lead, cyber threats branch chief, and deputy officer-in-charge of several missions. As a civilian, Dan is president and chief executive officer of bitLens, a global cyber policy research and advisory firm emphasizing policy, risk prevention/mitigation, and public/private partnerships. He served as a 2016 Madison Fellow on Cybersecurity with the Madison Policy Forum in New York. A student of international affairs, government, and international business, Dan has studied at the National Intelligence University, the Naval War College, the Joint Staff College, and Golden Gate University. A 6th generation Californian, he and his family live in eastern Silicon Valley. He enjoys traveling, cooking, and is a published photographer.
John Yaros currently serves as an Intelligence Analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury focusing on issues involving terrorist finance, financial crimes and cybersecurity. John was formerly an Analyst with the Government Accountability Office where he provided Congress with analysis on cyber threats to the American banking system. Prior to joining the government John spent several years working in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management (PWM) Division, which provides financial advice for individuals and families with more than $20 million in investable assets. There he assisted PWM advisors in developing customized solutions and tailored wealth management strategies for their clients. John earned his M.A. in Government and Politics, with a focus on international relations, from St. John’s University, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Italian from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.