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Non-Federal Membership

The non-federal membership composition of the Board of Advisors has been carefully selected to ensure balanced, independent perspectives representing several relevant communities, including Academia, the Armed Forces, Business and Industry, Research, and National Security.



Ms. Sally Donnelly Ms. Sally Donnelly was the Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis until March, 2018. From 2013-2016 she ran her own consulting firm that focused on new technologies. From 2010 to 2012 was the Director of the Washington office of US CENTCOM and from 2007-2010 she was the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Donnelly was a journalist for 21 years and has a BA from Hollins College and a masters degree from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Gwen Hall Dr. Gwen Hall is Chief of Staff, Office of the President for American Public University System. Here she has previously served as Associate Provost of Academic Effectiveness and Student Success; the Academic Operations Officer, and as Dean, School of Security and Global Studies. Dr. Hall is a homeland security and national security professional with vast experience in strategy, strategic planning, development, and analysis. Dr. Hall is a recognized scholar with an extensive publication, report, and presentation on U.S. efforts to counter and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Hall is a retired Air Force officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Hall earned a Ph.D. and MPP degrees in National Security Policy Studies at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Maren Leed Dr. Maren Leed is a Senior Staff Professional at John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she leads studies and analyses in support of Defense Department sponsors on technical architectures, organizational design, and intersection of military operations and technology. She has held positions with Chief of Naval Operations and with the Army Chief of Staff as a Senior Advisor. Dr. Leed was detailed to serve as Special Assistant to two Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommending actions on IEDs, ISR, cyberspace and cyber operations, biometrics, and Iraq policy. Dr. Leed has served as Professional Staff Member in the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, conducting oversight and analysis of $100+billion operation and maintenance programs of the military. Dr. Leed earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Policy Analysis from RAND Graduate School and an A.B. in Political Science from Occidental College.

Dr. Susan Marquis Dr. Susan Marquis is the Dean and Distinguished Chair of Policy Analysis and Vice President of Innovation at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California—the nation’s largest public policy Ph.D. program.  Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Dr. Marquis served as Vice President, Corporate Office at LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm dedicated to improving public management.   Previously, she was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements and Assessments) and was selected by the CNO to serve as the first civilian Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, a three-star flag officer position.   She also served as the Director, Planning  Analytic Support and Director, Information Management & Analysis at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Dr. Marquis is the author of commentaries and book reviews including Unconventional Warfare:  Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces.  Her latest book, I am not a tractor!  How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won was published by Cornell University Press in December 2017.  Dr. Marquis serves on a number of professional associations, as well as volunteering in her community.  Dr. Marquis earned her Ph.D. and MA in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University and her undergraduate degree (highest honors) from Rutgers College.

Dr. Katherine McGrady Dr. Katherine McGrady is the President and CEO for the Center of Naval Analyses (CNA) responsible for the execution of CNA's strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high performance. Previous positions Dr. McGrady held are: Field Representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and to the Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force. She served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield/Desert Storm). She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia. Dr. McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. John Montgomery

Dr. John A. Montgomery retired as the Director of Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory—the Department of the Navy’s Corporate laboratory. During his career, Dr. Montgomery served on multiple international defense panels within NATO and within the Five-Eyes community and developed and managed a number of international development programs. He was the U.S. National Leader of the Technical Cooperation Program’s multinational Group on Electronic Warfare. Dr. Montgomery received his Ph.D. in Physics from Catholic University of America; and both his M.A. and B.A. from North Texas State University (now University of North Texas) in Physics.


Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Elisabeth’s specialty is engineering risk analysis with applications to complex systems (space, medical, etc.). Her research has focused on explicit consideration of human and organizational factors in the analysis of failure risks, and on the use of game theory in risk analysis. Applications in the last few years have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation, space systems and risks to cyber security. She is a member of the NAE and of the NASA Advisory Council. She was until recently on several other boards (Aerospace, Draper and InQtel). She was a member of the PFIAB until December 2008. She holds an Engineer degree (Applied Math/CS) from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (France), and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems, both from Stanford University.



Federal Membership

There are two Federal Members of the Committee. They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) (N1), and the Commandant, Training and Education Command of the Marine Corps.


Brigadier General Jay M. Bargeron

Brigadier General Jay M. Bargeron, USMC is President of Marine Corps University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1989 after graduating from the University of Florida.

His command tours include platoon and company level commands in 2d and 8th Marine Regiments, Commanding Officer of 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, Commanding Officer, 7th Marine Regiment, and Commanding Officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command.

Brigadier General Bargeron’s operational deployments include Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Haitian Migrant Relief Operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Operation NEW HORIZONS in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. 

His Staff tours include assignments as a Ground Combat Analyst, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, 2d Marine Division Staff Secretary, I MEF G-3 Future Operations Planner, Regional Planner in the I MEF G-5, Executive Officer of Regimental Combat Team 5, 2d Marine Division Operations Officer, Current Operations Officer for the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Ground Officer Assignments Monitor at HQMC, M&RA., and Director, Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group, Twentynine Palms, CA.  His last assignment was as the Deputy Director of Operations J-3, U.S. European Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

Brigadier General Bargeron is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN Vice Adm. John Nowell, USN assumed duties as the Navy’s 59th Chief of Naval Personnel May 24, 2019.  Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy.  He leads more than 26,000 dedicated professionals engaged in the recruiting, talent management, training and development of Navy personnel. is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering and holds a Master of Science in Weapons Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.  His operational tours have spanned the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to include forward deployed naval forces in Europe and the Western Pacific. His staff assignments included tours on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Surface Warfare Directorate (N86), and executive assistant to the Director of Theater Air Warfare (N865); chief of the Theater Air and Missile Defense Branch (J-38); head of the Washington Placement Branch (PERS-441), executive assistant to the Commander, Navy Personnel Command/Naval Personnel Development Command, and director, Surface Warfare Distribution Division (PERS-41).  Nowell also served as director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office in Washington D.C.  As a flag officer, Nowell has served as chief of staff and director, Strategy, Resources, and Plans (N5/8) on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy; Commander, Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet/Expeditionary Strike Group Seven/Task Force 76 in Okinawa, Japan, and most recently as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy (OPNAV N13).