CSR Announces New Staff, Fellow Additions, Board Updates

Growing the Core CSR Team

Continuing a period of rapid growth, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is very excited to announce several new additions to our research team and our core staff.

First, CSR’s Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons is thrilled to kick off an expansion of its nuclear policy portfolio, bringing on Captain John Moulton (USN, Ret.) as Senior Fellow. Prior to joining the Center, he served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and Navy Diver, reducing the risk that the U.S., allies, and partner nations faced from explosive threats both at sea and ashore, including weapons of mass destruction, mines, and IEDs. He has commanded at all levels across the EOD and salvage communities; conducted operations in every U.S. geographic combatant commander area of responsibility; deployed throughout Southwest Asia and the Indo-Pacific; and qualified as a political-military and naval strategist. At CSR, John will help build out our continuing work to understand, anticipate, and articulate novel solutions for the future of arms control, nuclear risk reduction, and mitigating risks of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and use.

The Nolan Center also recently announced the 2022-2023 cohort of Fellows for its Fellowship for Ending Bioweapons program.

Additionally, CSR is excited to launch a dedicated team of communications experts, bringing Andrew Facini onboard as Communications Director and Courtney Tillman as Communications Associate. Andrew previously led communications at the Institute for Security and Technology and managed publishing for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He will also serve as a Fellow in the Nolan Center working on nuclear weapons policy issues. Courtney joins from previous roles at the Future of Privacy Forum and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She brings her passion for international relations and graphic design, along with an expert eye for visual storytelling.

CSR Board Transitions & Growth

For CSR’s Board, we are proud to announce that recent members Rachel Jacobson and Ann Phillips are now serving in key roles in the U.S. government. Rachel was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment on April 4, having previously served in the Pentagon as Deputy General Counsel for Environment, Energy and Installations and in the Dept. of the Interior as Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. Ann was sworn in as Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration on May 16, making her the first woman to serve in this leadership role. Her previous work developing Virginia’s first Coastal Resilience Master Plan as Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection followed a long and meritorious career in the U.S. Navy, where she retired as Rear Admiral.

At CSR, public service is core to our values, and we take great pride in working with those who serve in and out of government for the greater good.

We are also excited to welcome to our Board environmental law expert John C. Cruden, Principal at Beveridge & Diamond PC. There, John provides strategic counsel on high-stakes environmental and natural resources matters, civil and criminal enforcement, and compliance. He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, DoJ, where he personally led the negotiations for the two largest cases in DoJ environmental history:  the VW “Dieselgate” case, and the oil spill from Deepwater Horizon,  and he is the Past President of both the Environmental Law Institute and the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

“We are thrilled to have John join our Board,” said Sherri Goodman, CSR Board Chair. “The depth of experience he brings will be a strong asset in helping CSR advance its mission on strategic risks, and ensuring effective impact of our work across many sectors of society.”

Building our Future

We are extraordinarily thankful to our supporters who have enabled us to recruit such talented individuals and focus so heavily on effective ways to accomplish our mission. See our support page for a list of current donors or to contribute to enable CSR’s work. For more, be sure to follow CSR on Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our mailing list for research updates.


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