Board of Directors
Joshua J. Marcuse
Joshua J. Marcuse is the founder and chairman of YPFP, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders. He served as President until 2012.
Josh serves as senior adviser for policy innovation in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he works on policy innovation, leadership development, and organizational change. He also established and leads the OSD Policy Design & Innovation Practice, and is a design thinking instructor and facilitator. Previously, he worked at the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Josh is an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies and is in the 2015 Next Generation National Security Leaders Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He was an Aspen Scholar at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2009.
Josh is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project, where he co-leads the DoD Expert Group and advises the Leadership Development program. He serves on advisory boards of Atlas Corps, the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute, LearnServe, Luke's Wings, Millennium Action Project, the Next Generation of Government Summit, the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, and Young Government Leaders. He works with interfaith couples at Sixth&i Synagogue.
Josh graduated from Dartmouth College. He is certified in change management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is pursuing a Gallup certification in executive coaching and a LUMA Institute certification in Human-Centered Design.
Josh is a New Yorker who lives in Washington, DC. with his wife, Cathryn. Together they started The Charcuterie Club of DC.
Joshua J. Marcuse
Founder and Chairman
Sarah Heck leads entrepreneurship for Stripe, working to enable entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow internet business. She also serves as an advisor on international entrepreneurship and youth programs to the Obama Foundation. Prior to Stripe, Sarah served as Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council at the White House where she worked on global entrepreneurship policy, private sector engagement, youth demographics, and expanding the impact of U.S. public diplomacy on national security. Sarah also held several positions at the U.S. Department of State including Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and other roles that focused on countering violent extremism strategies, community security, entrepreneurship, and the role of technology in diplomacy.
Before joining the government, Sarah worked at Kissinger McLarty Associates, supporting the international work of Fortune 500 companies across industries. Sarah also worked with Amigos de las Americas, where she served as their Country Director in Paraguay, creating and managing rural community development,entrepreneurship, and leadership projects.
Sarah is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of Maryland. She is a Truman National Security Project Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations Team Member, and serves on the board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Gary Barnabo is a leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s International business, where he fuses management consulting and technology to lead engagements centered on cyber security, defense and intelligence, and strategy and transformation. Gary’s client base spans global public sector institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, Gary led a team delivering strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational transformation services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. For three years, Gary co-led Booz Allen’s participation in the Aspen Ideas Festival, working directly with the firm’s Leadership Team and CEO.
From 2012 to 2015, Gary was President of YPFP. Prior, he served as Senior Vice President and established YPFP’s research department. From 2014-2017, he sat on the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International, where he chaired the strategy & programs committee. Gary graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and was raised in Sydney, Australia. After 8 years in Washington, DC, Gary and his wife now live outside New York City.
Mikhail Grinberg is an Associate Principal at Renaissance Strategic Advisors where he consults corporate, financial, and start-up clients in the aerospace & defense industry across multiple functional areas to include corporate strategy and planning, mergers and acquisitions, and competitive analysis. Mikhail leads Renaissance’s emerging technology projects and has a particular interest in helping firms develop investment strategies for new technology areas. He specializes in advising US companies on entering foreign markets and helping international firms invest into the US defense industrial base. Mikhail has done extensive research and writing on defense procurement reform, innovation, technology management, and corporate venturing. Prior to joining Renaissance, Mikhail worked at Deloitte and IHS Jane’s where he supported the DoD and Intelligence Community in roles that varied from intelligence analysis to supply chain optimization.
Mikhail is an editor, co-founder, and board member of The Strategy Bridge, a national security focused journal and non-profit organization. Mikhail was a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University (2016-2017), where he helped the Department of Defense develop a strategy for commercializing government innovations. Previously he has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, a non-profit focused on preparing leaders for future national security challenges. He was also a mentor to the Georgetown Hacking 4 Defense Spring 2017 course.
Mikhail holds a Master’s in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and History from the University of Massachusetts.
Elizabeth J.C. Cutler
Elizabeth J.C. Cutler is a U.S. foreign aid and development professional, currently working as a contractor in the Office of Foreign Assistance (F) at the Department of State. She coordinates U.S. foreign aid for a diverse portfolio including gender and women's issues, international organizations cyber, and democracy and human rights. Prior to coming to the State Department, she worked for DAI, for five years where she supported several USAID-funded development projects. While with DAI, Elizabeth spent time in Manila, Philippines and Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan working on governance programs.
Elizabeth joined the Board of Directors in the summer of 2016 after over 4 years as a member of YPFP's volunteer staff, including 2 years as its Senior Vice President. She received her MA in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University. While in graduate school, she interned for the Stimson Center and the Washington, DC offices of Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Joe Sestak.
Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Occidental College with a BA in Politics and a minor in Spanish. She is a 2017-2018 Penn Kemble Forum on Democracy Fellow. Find her on Twitter at @elizabethcutler.
Elizabeth J.C. Cutler
Tina S. Gaddy
Tina S. Gaddy has over eighteen years of experience in Higher Education Administration, Professionals Career Services, and Business Development. She is currently the Senior Manager for Employer Relations and Programming at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs in the Graduate Student Service program. In that role she works with Master's students and alumni and she is the central point of contact for all external organizations in the international affairs sphere. Tina comes to the board with expertise as a senior client recruitment specialist who has managed teams, coordinated large scale projects and events, provided individual career coaching, and led discussions of salary negotiations, employment contracts, and a range of support services for young professionals in the field of international affairs. She has prior board experience as a former President of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League. Tina holds B.A from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She has one daughter entering elementary school in Maryland.
Lauren Bedula is Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm specializing in international policy, defense, cyber, intelligence, and homeland security. At Beacon, Ms. Bedula’s work focuses on cybersecurity, innovation, and disruptive technology in the national security landscape.
Ms. Bedula currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) Technology and Innovation Council, Senior Fellow at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
Prior to joining Beacon, Ms. Bedula served as the Director for Policy, Emerging Threats at BENS, a national, nonprofit organization of senior executives who apply best business practice solutions to national security challenges. Ms. Bedula oversaw the domestic intelligence and counter threat finance portfolios, working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Special Operations Command.
Previously, Ms. Bedula worked for a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. She also previously worked as a Research Associate for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Ms. Bedula currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.
Ms. Bedula graduated from the American University, with a double major in Public Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies C.L.E.G.: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government.
Meredith Hanley is the board liaison and director of development for New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America, where she serves on the leadership team and manages the organization's fundraising operations and working with its board, leadership, and donors.
Prior to joining New America in 2012, she worked as a development advisor for the National Health Law program. She has spent the last twenty years advancing non-profit fundraising, program development, and communications with the national organizations such as Education Sector, the Committee for the Economic Development, American Legislative Exchange Council, and Center for Excellence in Education, and the Lab School of Washington.
She began her career as an occupational therapist working in preK-12 special education and hospital-based health care. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Meredith has served on the boards of Brainfood, the Ambassador Theater and the auction committee for the Broadcasters Child Development Center. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their sassy, smart daughter. She is a voracious reader, enthusiastic-though not talented-golfer, traveler, yogi, and cook.
Nathan Puffer is Director of Risk at Dow Jones. There he assist the company and its publications to understand and mitigate a broad and unique range of business and editorial risks to sustain a resilient and capable commercial platform in service of the public interest.
Before joining Dow Jones Nathan was the Senior Vice President of Programs and later President of Global Integrated Security, a national security firm providing unique solutions to the U.S. government and private clients across the globe. Before entering the private sector Nathan served in the United States Marine Corps intelligence field and after graduating university in Washington, DC worked for CSIS and CFR where he focused on U.S. policy toward Russia and Eurasia. He is a long-standing board member of Young Professional in Foreign Policy and remains active in the foreign policy community.
Rachael Lammers is a Principal at McChrystal Group and the Chief of Staff for the Leadership Institute. She is responsible for shaping and executing strategy of the rapidly growing McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, which equips leaders to drive adaptability in their organizations. Rachael is a former civil servant who joined federal service in 2007 as a Presidential management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Industries International Trade Administration (ITA). During her tenure at ITA, she served the Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services Industries before joining the U.S. Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In Afghanistan, she dedicated her efforts to creating a business enabling environment through trade and commercial policy reform, trade promotion, and private sector development.
In 2013, Rachael joined the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TBFSO), where she continued her work in Afghanistan leading the Strategic Investment Team, which focused on cultivating viable investment opportunities across Afghanistan and attracting international private sector investors.
With the wind down of TBFSO, Rachael shifted to the commercial sector of contingency operations as Director of Foreign Military Sales and Defense Services, Ltd, a leading security and risk management company. Rachael worked with Aegis' commercial defense clients to achieve mission success in complex markets by leveraging a suite of integrated security solutions that are designed specific to the client, activity and environment. Before joining McChrystal Group, Rachael developed a consultancy business delivering advisory, business development and growth strategy services to multiple small and medium sized enterprises and industry associations.
Rachael received her Master of Science degree from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia University.
David Simon is the Co-Founder of NNData, a machine learning and artificial intelligence software company based in Washington DC. David has 20 years in the tech industry supporting the Defense and Intelligence Community and specializes in growth strategies for both federal and commercial companies. Prior to launching, David served as a Senior Executive at a Fortune 500 company and was the General Manager of the Big Data and Analytics Group for the Americans.
David is truly a strategist and entrepreneur who has successfully run his own company, consulted for organizations, and served as business developer for three companies who went on to grow in the federal market space; where they were successfully acquired. He is a former Active Duty Officer in the United States Army. David led Business Development from 2009 to 2012 in a highly specialized global organization, growing the firm from $300M in revenue to on of the largest contractors in Afghanistan with annual revenue pushing $1 Billion across 17 countries.
David is committed to leveraging technology for global impact. He has been a long standing Board member of YPFP and continues to engage in international business as well as consult on matters of Foreign Policy and Technology to multiple Global 1000 companies.
Jennifer Berlin is Chief of Staff for the Brookings Institution. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Acting Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Press Secretary for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Berlin received her Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and her Master of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.