Devon Cross is Director of The Policy Forum on International Affairs and has extensive experience in funding research on foreign policy issues having served as Director of Research at Smith Richardson Foundation, President of The Donner Canadian Foundation, and Director of The Gilder Foundation. Ms. Cross serves on the boards of The Peter Munk Charitable Foundation, Intelligence Squared/US, and the Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins SAIS National Security Studies Program, and served on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board from 2001-2009. Her Washington experience included stints at The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Carnegie Endowment, and the International Security Studies Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She studied at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and received her BA from Bryn Mawr College. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Vic H. Fazio is Senior Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. Mr. Fazio represented California’s 3rd District in the US Congress for twenty years, where he served on the House Appropriations Committee as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for eighteen years. He was also a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. Mr. Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership, serving as vice chair and, later, chair of the Democratic Caucus, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, majority whip-at-large and regional representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Before his election to Congress, Mr. Fazio served in the California State Assembly. After his retirement from Congress in 1998, Mr. Fazio joined strategic communications consulting firm Clark & Weinstock. Mr. Fazio is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady (NY). He is a co-founder of the California Journal, a periodical covering state government and politics. Mr. Fazio serves on boards of the UC Davis Foundation, California Institute, the US Capitol Historical Society, the Campaign Finance Institute, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Ice Energy Corporation and the National Parks Second Century Commission and Committee for a Responsible Budget.
Nelson M. Ford is President and CEO of LMI, a government consulting firm. Prior to joining LMI in 2009, Mr. Ford was Under Secretary of the Army. Previous to this position, he held a number of positions in the Department of Defense, including Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller. From 1997 to 2000, he was President and CEO of Clinipad, a manufacturer of disposable medical products. During the 1990s, he was Chief Operating Officer of Georgetown University Medical Center. During the 1980s, Mr. Ford was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand, providing strategic and financial consulting services to a wide range of healthcare clients. During the 1970s, he was the Executive Secretary of the Health Care Financing Administration and worked on health policy matters in the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University, a master’s in education from the University of Delaware.
John M. Keane is Senior Managing Director and co-founder of Keane Advisors, LLC. General Keane is a retired four-star general who dedicated four decades of his life to public service, which culminated in his appointment as acting Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army. General Keane is a career paratrooper, a combat veteran of Vietnam, decorated for valor, who spent much of his military life in operational commands with his units deployed in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo. He commanded the famed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the legendary 18th Airborne Corps, the Army’s largest war-fighting organization. General Keane serves as a national security analyst at ABC News. He is a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board, member of the Congressional Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the George C. Marshall Foundation, director of the Knollwood Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, chairman of the Terry Maude Foundation and chairman of Senior Executive Committee of the Army Aviation Association of America. General Keane holds a BS in Accounting from Fordham University and an MA in Philosophy from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College.
Dave McCurdy is currently President and CEO of the American Gas Association. He most recently served as President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade association of car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen Group of America.
Mr. McCurdy came to the Alliance in 2007, after serving as President and CEO of the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) for eight years. In April of 2001, Mr. McCurdy co-founded the Internet Security Alliance as a non-profit collaboration between EIA and Carnegie Mellon University CyLab to enhance cyber security.
Mr. McCurdy spent 14 years (1981-1995) in the House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. He attained numerous leadership positions, including Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Chairman of the Military Installations and Facilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee; and Chairman of the Transportation Aviation and Materials Subcommittee of the Science and Space Committee. As a House Member, Congressman McCurdy played a major role in enacting the 1988 National Superconductivity Competitiveness Act; the 1985 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which reorganized the Department of Defense; the Nunn-McCurdy Amendment in 1982, requiring Congressional notification of Department of Defense cost overruns of 15% or more; and the 1993 National Service Legislation, which originated in a bill introduced by Congressman McCurdy and Senator Nunn.
In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Congressman McCurdy to the Defense Policy Board which provides the secretary with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Mr. McCurdy was reappointed to the Defense Policy Board in 2009 by the Obama Administration.
Laurence Zuriff is the founder and CFO of Xometry, an advanced manufacturing company founded in 2013 and has a 20 year career managing money in the US public equity markets.
Mr. Zuriff currently chairs the International Economics Working Group of the John Hay Initiative and is a board member of the Alexander Hamilton Society.
Mr. Zuriff holds a B.A. degree from Brown University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.