Valued Contributors

The CELL relies on the expertise of the foremost leaders in the fields of counterterrorism, foreign policy and public safety. The following individuals and organizations have shared invaluable insights, wisdom and experience via their involvement in CELL programs, events and offerings.

Elliot Abrams

U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, Department of State; former Deputy National Security Advisor

Andy Alexander

Scripps Visiting Professional, Ohio University; former Washington Post Ombudsman

Honorable Haley Barbour

U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, Department of State; former Deputy National Security Advisor 

The Honorable Nir Barkatv

Member of Knesset, Likud; former Mayor of Jerusalem

Jeremy Bash

National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC 

Bradley Benavides

Former FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge 

Cdr. Lt. Col. Kevin Black

Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership with Colorado National Guard’s 8th Civil Support Team 

Senator Michael Bennet

Colorado (2009-present)

Donna Brazile

Political Strategist

John Brennan

Former CIA Director (2013-2017)

Dr. James Jay Carafano

Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation 

Clifford Chanin

Executive Vice President and Deputy Director for Museum Programs for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum 

Linda Chavez

Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity

Colorado Association of Code Enforcement 

Colorado Association of Public Safety (APCO) 

Colorado National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 

Colorado State Fire Chiefs 

Robert Coombe

Chancellor Emeritus, University of Denver

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center 

Tom Davis

President and Founder of Corporate Emergency Preparedness Solutions, LLC; former TIAA-CREF Corporate Safety & Security Manager 

Tom Deland

Former President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police 

Robert Coombe

Chancellor Emeritus, University of Denver

Denver Office of Emergency Management

Greg Dobbs

Emmy award-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent for ABC News  

Jason R. Dunn

Former United States Attorney for the District of Colorado 

Eliot Engel

Former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; U.S. Congressman (D-NY)  

The Honorable Rhonda Fields

Colorado State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader 

Michèle Flournoy

Chair, CNAS Board of Directors; former CEO of CNAS 

Senator Cory Gardner

Former U.S. Senator for Colorado  

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Lindsey Graham

U.S. Senator for South Carolina

The Honorable Marcy Grossman

Former Consul General of Canada & Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates 

Dr. Mary Habeck

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown & Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute 

Dr. Jeremy Haefner

Chancellor of the University of Denver

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Mayor of Denver

Husain Haqqani

Director for South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute & Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States  

The Honorable Jane Harman

Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, Wilson Center; former U.S. Representative from California (36th) 

Dr. Nader Hashemi

Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies 

General Michael Hayden

Former Director, NSA (1999-2005); Former Director, CIA (2006-2009) 

Catherine Herridge

Senior investigative correspondent for CBS News

Senator John Hickenlooper

Colorado (2020-present); Former Colorado Governor

Ambassador Christopher Hill

Adjunct Professor, Columbia SIPA; former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and the Republic of Korea

His Royal Highness Feisal Ibn Al-Husse

Prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Micheline Ishay

Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Program, Josef Korbel School of International Studies 

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser

Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD)

Mr. David Kopel

Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute; former Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law

The Honorable Doug Lamborn

U.S. Representative from Colorado

General (Ret'd) Thomas J. Lawson

Former Canadian Chief of the Defense Staff

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d.) Peter Lerner

Former IDF Spokesman

The Honorable Joe Lieberman

Member, CNAS Board of Directors; former U.S. Senator from Connecticut

Major General (Ret'd) Andy Love


Chris Matthews

Former Host of MSNBC's Hardball

The Honorable John McCain

Former U.S. Senator for Arizona

General Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan; former Leader of Joint Special Operations Command

Greg Moore

Former Editor of The Denver Post; Editor-in-Chief of Deke Digital

The Honorable John Morse

Former Colorado State Senator

The Honorable John Morse

Former Colorado State Senator

The Honorable Janet Napolitano

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Matthew G. Olsen

Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center

Steven Olson

Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Denver FBI

The Honorable Leon Panetta

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

General David H. Patraeus

Former Director of the CIA

Governor Jared Polis

Governor of Colorado

Mike Rankin

Former Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director

Jamie Richards

Energy Threats Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory; former Protective Security Advisor, Colorado (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) 

The Honorable Tom Ridge

First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; First Assistant to the President for Homeland Security 

The Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr.

Founder and Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University; former Governor of Colorado 

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former Special Assistant to President Obama 

Karl Rove

Fox News Contributor; Wall Street Journal Columnist; former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush

Ed Royce

Policy Director, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; former US Congressman (R-CA)  

Secretary Ken Salazar

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior; former Colorado Attorney General; former U.S. Senator for Colorado 

The Honorable Craig Stapleton

Senior Advisor to Stone Point Capital; former Ambassador to France and the Czech Republic 

Bret Stephens

Columnist at The New York Times

The Honorable John W. Suthers

Mayor of Colorado Springs; former Attorney General for the State of Colorado

Jeffrey R. Tarr

Board of Directors, Echostar; former CEO of DigitalGlobe, Inc.

The Honorable Mark Udall

Former U.S. Senator for Colorado

Kenneth Wainstein

Professor, Georgetown Law; Partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; former Homeland Security Advisor to the President 

Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Graeme Wood

Professor of Political Science, Yale University