1. Tony Blinken: Biden’s former national security adviser who has been in Biden’s  orbit for the better part of 18 years. Blinken now oversees a growing cadre of familiar faces from the center-left of Washington’s foreign policy establishment who are tasked with advising the campaign both formally and informally. Blinken first served on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council before signing on in 2002 as the foreign policy adviser for Biden, who as a senator served as chairman and top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee through 2008. Blinken’s star rapidly rose after following his boss to the White House, where he eventually became Obama’s deputy national security adviser and then deputy secretary of state under John Kerry — who endorsed Biden’s 2020 presidential bid all the way back in December. Blinken co-founded  WestExec Advisers, a geopolitical consulting firm/
  2. Jake Sullivan: Jake Sullivan was a senior policy advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, with expertise in foreign policy.Sullivan was also a senior advisor to the U.S. government for the Iran nuclear negotiations. Sullivan worked in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to Biden. He also served as the Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State , and as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  3. Colin H. Kahl: Colin H. Kahl is co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is also a Strategic Consultant to the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. From October 2014 to January 2017, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. In that position, he served as a senior advisor to President Obama and Vice President Biden on all matters related to U.S. foreign policy and national security affairs, and represented the Office of the Vice President as a standing member of the National Security Council Deputies’ Committee.
  4. Brian McKeon: Brian P. McKeon was a senior national security official in the White House and the Pentagon under President Obama.
  5. Jeffrey Prescott: Jeffrey Prescott is a strategic consultant to the Penn Biden Center. Prescott served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf States on the National Security Council. He joined the Obama Administration in 2010 as a White House Fellow, serving as Vice President Biden's Deputy National Security Advisor and senior Asia advisor.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  6. Julianne Smith: Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and an advisor with Berlin Global Advisors.From 2016-2018, Smith directed the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS. From 2012-2013, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that capacity, Ms. Smith acted as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy. Her office managed the Department’s bilateral relationships with 31 European countries.  Germany.
  7. Ely Ratner Ely Ratner is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he is a member of the executive team and responsible for managing the Center’s research agenda and staff. Ratner served from 2015 to 2017 as the deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and from 2011 to 2012 in the office of Chinese and Mongolian affairs at the State Department. Ratner has testified before Congress and published widely on U.S.-China relations and U.S. national security strategy in Asia. Ratner is providing outside informal counsel exclusively to the Biden campaign for President.
  8. Elizabeth Rosenberg Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. In this capacity, she publishes and speaks on the national security and foreign policy implications of the use of sanctions and economic statecraft as well as energy market shifts. Current geographic areas of focus include Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, and Venezuela. She has testified before Congress on an array of banking and trade issues, and on energy geopolitics and markets topics. From May 2009 through September 2013, Ms. Rosenberg served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, and then to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
  9. Nicholas Burns:  Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the founder and Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is a Faculty Affiliate of the Middle East Initiative, and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Burns served in the United States government for twenty-seven years.  As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997).  He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985-1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern). He was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board from 2014-2017.

Advocacy Organizations

  1. Foreign Policy for America
  2. National Security Action
  3. Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement



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