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Community Awareness Program

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Recent acts of terror domestically and abroad have served as important reminders of the threats and vulnerabilities we face. Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilant. The CELL’s groundbreaking Community Awareness Program (CAP) is a critical prevention and preparedness training on recognizing and reporting suspicious activity to help prevent terrorism, targeted violence and other criminal activity.

The CAP was created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. It is DHS SAFETY Act Certified and holds several additional accreditations and awards. The CAP’s behavior-focused approach preserves civil liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The CAP has been deployed in states and municipalities, sporting events and venues, community groups, nonprofits and private sector organizations across the U.S. It is customizable and scalable to your organization. Please contact us at cap@thecell.org for more information.

Community Awareness Program (CAP) logo

Recent acts of terror domestically and abroad have served as important reminders of the threats and vulnerabilities we face. Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilant. The CELL’s groundbreaking Community Awareness Program (CAP) is a critical prevention and preparedness training on recognizing and reporting suspicious activity to help prevent terrorism, targeted violence and other criminal activity.

The CAP was created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. It is DHS SAFETY Act Certified and holds several additional accreditations and awards. The CAP’s behavior-focused approach preserves civil liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The CAP has been deployed in states and municipalities, sporting events and venues, community groups, nonprofits and private sector organizations across the U.S. It is customizable and scalable to your organization. Please contact us at CAP@TheCELL.org for more information.

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CAP at the Exhibit

man viewing a portion of the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) exhibit

Join our efforts and become a CHAMPION FOR SAFETY for your community. We periodically offer CAP training sessions at the CELL Exhibit, where participants interact with our newly redesigned exhibit while building key skills in situational awareness and response. Those who complete the training are better prepared to help prevent crime and enhance community safety.  

Check our Events page for up-to-date information on upcoming CAP training sessions. 

Join our efforts and become a CHAMPION FOR SAFETY for your community. We periodically offer CAP training sessions at the CELL Exhibit, where participants interact with our newly redesigned exhibit while building key skills in situational awareness and response. Those who complete the training are better prepared to help prevent crime and enhance community safety.

Community CAP trainings start at $5 per person. Contact us at CAP@TheCELL.org for booking and pricing.

Check our Events page for up-to-date information on upcoming CAP training sessions. 

man viewing a portion of the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) exhibit

The CAP in Action

The CAP has been implemented by numerous organizations in Colorado and around the country.

55 municipalities (and counting) currently supplement their safety initiatives by empowering their citizens with CAP training. Some key constituents include:  

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
  • NORAD/USNORTHCOM 
  • U.S. Border Patrol 
  • U.S. Postal Service 
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety  
  • Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 
  • Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) 
  • Colorado National Guard 
  • Colorado State Patrol 
  • Arizona Department of Homeland Security 
  • Arizona Counterterrorism Information Center (ACTIC) 
  • Phoenix Police Department  
  • Arizona Army National Guard  
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  
  • Minneapolis Police Department 
  • Minnesota State Patrol 
  • Aurora Police Department  
  • Denver Police Department 
  • Utah Department of Public Safety  
  • Utah Highway Patrol 
  • Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC) 
  • Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) 
  • Jefferson County School District 
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Department 
  • Douglas County School District 
  • Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) 
  • Nebraska State Patrol 
  • New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) 
  • Denver 911 
  • Adams County Office of Emergency Management  
  • Adams County Sheriff’s Office  
  • AdCom911 
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office  
  • Aspen Police Department 
  • Aurora Fire Department 
  • Aurora Municipal Probation 
  • Aurora Public Safety Comms. Center 
  • Aurora Water 
  • Big Lake Police Department 
  • Blaine Police Department 
  • Bloomington Police Department 
  • Brooklyn Center Police Department 
  • Brooklyn Park Police Department 
  • Boulder Police Department 
  • Brighton Police Department 
  • Capitol Security 
  • Castlerock Police Department 
  • Chandler Police Department  
  • Colorado Department of Corrections 
  • Colorado Department of Revenue 
  • Colorado Department of Transportation  
  • Colorado Office of the Attorney General 
  • Colorado Secretary of State 
  • Colorado Springs Police Department 
  • Colorado State Office of Preparedness  
  • Consul General of Canada, Denver Office 
  • Colorado State University 
  • Columbia Heights Police Department 
  • Community College of Aurora  
  • Community College of Denver 
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Coon Rapids Police Department 
  • Cottage Grove Public Safety Department 
  • Crystal Police Department  
  • Dawson/Boyd Police Department 
  • Deerwood Police Department 
  • Denver Fire Department 
  • Denver Mayor’s Office 
  • Denver Public Schools 
  • Denver Sheriff Department 
  • Denver Water 
  • Dolores Fire Department 
  • Duluth Police Department 
  • Eagle County School District  
  • Eagle County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Eden Prairie Police Department 
  • Edina Police Department 
  • Ely Police Department 
  • Elbert County Sheriff’s Department 
  • Englewood Police Department 
  • Estes Park Police Department 
  • Foley Police Department 
  • Fort Collins Police Department 
  • Fridley Police Department 
  • Golden Valley Police Department 
  • Frederick Police Department 
  • Glendale Police Department 
  • Glenwood Springs Fire Department 
  • Golden Police Department  
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Hermantown Police Department 
  • Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Academy  
  • Hill City Police Department 
  • Hopkins Police Department 
  • Hutchinson Police Department 
  • JeffCom911 
  • Jefferson County Schools Transportation & Fleet Services 
  • Jefferson County District Attorney Office  
  • Lakeville Police Department 
  • Lakewood Police Department 
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Mankato Police Department 
  • Maple Grove Police Department 
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Metropolitan State University 
  • Metro Transit Police Department 
  • Minnetonka Police Department 
  • National Park Service 
  • New Brighton Police Department 
  • New Hope Police Department 
  • Northglenn Police Department 
  • Oakdale Police Department  
  • Plymouth Police Department 
  • Parker Police Department 
  • Peoria Police Department  
  • Phoenix Fire Department  
  • Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Poudre Fire Authority 
  • Poudre School District  
  • Richfield Police Department
  • Rifle Police Department 
  • Riorico Fire Department  
  • Rochester Police Department 
  • Rogers Police Department 
  • Royalton Police Department 
  • Sable Altura Fire Rescue 
  • Saint Anthony Police Department 
  • San Luis Police Department 
  • Sauk Centre Police Department 
  • Sauk Rapids Police Department 
  • Scottsdale Police Department  
  • Sheridan Police Department 
  • Slayton Police Department 
  • St. Cloud Police Department 
  • St. Louis Park Police Department 
  • St. Paul Police Department 
  • St. Vrain Valley School District  
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Surprise Police Department  
  • Tempe Police Department  
  • Thornton Police Department 
  • University of Minnesota Police Department 
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) 
  • U.S. Mint Police 
  • Vail Fire Department 
  • Vail Police Department 
  • Warren Tech 
  • Westminster Police Department  
  • Wheat Ridge Police Department 
  • White Mountain Apache Fire & Rescue Woodbury Police Department  

The CELL’s tailored CAP training is scalable to help protect people at any size venue or event. The CAP has been implemented at some of the greatest events in politics, sporting and entertainment, including:

  • Superbowl LII 
  • Major League Baseball All-Star Game  
  • Indianapolis 500 
  • FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 
  • ESPN Winter X Games 
  • NCAA Final Four 
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 
  • Empower Field at Mile High, Denver Broncos (NFL) 
  • Coors Field, Colorado Rockies (MLB)
  • Target Field, Minnesota Twins (MLB) 
  • Colorado Avalanche (NHL) 
  • Colorado Classic Circuit 
  • Colorado Rapids (MLS) 
  • Denver Nuggets (NBA) 
  • Audi Beaver Creek Birds of Prey World Cup 
  • Kroenke Sports Entertainment 
  • Colfax Marathon 
  • Ball Arena  
  • BOLDERBoulder 10K 
  • Bravo! Vail Music Festival 
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex 
  • Denver PrideFest 
  • Minneapolis Convention Center 
  • Republican National Convention 
  • Tour of Utah 
  • Twin Cities Pride 
  • USA Pro Challenge 

The CAP brings everyday citizens together with law enforcement and safety officials, building trust and teamwork. Communities, private sector organizations and non-profit organizations who have adopted the CAP include: 

  • Minnesota Super Bowl LVII Host Committee 
  • Vail Resorts 
  • Xcel Energy 
  • Advantage Security, Inc. 
  • Allied Universal Security Services  
  • ASIS International 
  • Denver International Airport 
  • Securitas Security 
  • Argus Security 
  • HSS Security Services  
  • LGBTQ Community Center of Colorado 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc./Maxar Technologies 
  • Mall of America 
  • First Bank  
  • Faith Bible Chapel 
  • Scouts BSA 
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 
  • Sage Hospitality Group 
  • Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center 
  • University of Denver 
  • The Denver Post  
  • American Red Cross, Mile High Chapter  
  • Aish Denver 
  • Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado  
  • Assumption of the Thotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral 
  • Auraria Higher Education Center 
  • Aurora Citizen Police Academy 
  • Aurora Community of Faith 
  • Aurora Defense Council 
  • Aurora Police Explorers Post 
  • Aurora Police Volunteers 
  • Centura Health 
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center 
  • Civil Air Patrol  
  • Colorado Concern  
  • Colorado Association of Code Officials 
  • Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP) 
  • Colorado Rangers  
  • Colorado School of Mines 
  • Colorado Springs Utilities  
  • Colorado Technical University 
  • Congressional Hebrew Educational Alliance of Denver 
  • Copper Mountain Resort  
  • Denver Business Improvement District (BID) 
  • Denver Citizen Police Academy 
  • Denver Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Denver FBI Citizen Academy Alumni Association 
  • Denver League of Women Voters 
  • Denver Public Library 
  • Denver West High School JROTC 
  • Downtown Denver Partnership 
  • Encounter Church
  • Englewood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Fort Collins Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Fort Collins Citizens Police Academy 
  • Four Winds Interactive 
  • Guardsmark 
  • Girl Scouts of America  
  • Heritage Eagle Bend 
  • Horizons at Colorado Academy 
  • JC Penney 
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Safety in Faith Coalition 
  • JEWISHcolorado 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Key Bank 
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy 
  • Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor’s Association of Colorado  
  • Littleton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Marilyn Hickey Ministries 
  • Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitor’s Association 
  • Medical Center of Aurora 
  • Minneapolis Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) 
  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church  
  • National Homeland Security Defense Foundation 
  • N-40 Mountain Alliance  
  • Officer’s Christian Fellowship 
  • Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Academy 
  • Parker Citizen Police Academy 
  • Parker Police Explorers Post 
  • Pikes Peak Christian Church 
  • Regis University 
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
  • SP+ Parking 
  • Temple Emanuel 
  • The Colorado Thirty Group  
  • Thornton Citizen Police Academy 
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 
  • Vail Valley Foundation 
  • Vectra Bank  
  • Westwoods Community Church 
  • Wheat Ridge Citizen Police Academy 
  • Wyoming Equality 
  • Young Presidents’ Organization  
  • Zions Bancorporation 
  • 5D Shield Security 

55 municipalities (and counting) currently supplement their safety initiatives by empowering their citizens with CAP training. Some key constituents include:  

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
  • NORAD/USNORTHCOM 
  • U.S. Border Patrol 
  • U.S. Postal Service 
  • Adams County Office of Emergency Management  
  • Adams County Sheriff’s Office  
  • AdCom911 
  • Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office  
  • Arizona Army National Guard  
  • Arizona Counterterrorism Information Center (ACTIC) 
  • Arizona Department of Homeland Security 
  • Aspen Police Department 
  • Aurora Fire Department 
  • Aurora Municipal Probation 
  • Aurora Police Department  
  • Aurora Public Safety Comms. Center 
  • Aurora Water 
  • Big Lake Police Department 
  • Blaine Police Department 
  • Bloomington Police Department 
  • Boulder Police Department 
  • Brighton Police Department 
  • Brooklyn Center Police Department 
  • Brooklyn Park Police Department 
  • Capitol Security 
  • Castlerock Police Department 
  • Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX) 
  • Chandler Police Department  
  • Colorado Department of Corrections 
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety  
  • Colorado Department of Revenue 
  • Colorado Department of State – Elections Division
  • Colorado Department of Transportation  
  • Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management 
  • Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) 
  • Colorado National Guard 
  • Colorado Office of the Attorney General 
  • Colorado Secretary of State 
  • Colorado Springs Police Department 
  • Colorado State Office of Preparedness  
  • Colorado State Patrol 
  • Colorado State University 
  • Columbia Heights Police Department 
  • Community College of Aurora  
  • Community College of Denver 
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Consul General of Canada, Denver Office 
  • Coon Rapids Police Department 
  • Cottage Grove Public Safety Department 
  • Crystal Police Department  
  • Dawson/Boyd Police Department 
  • Deerwood Police Department 
  • Denver 911 
  • Denver Fire Department 
  • Denver Mayor’s Office 
  • Denver Police Department 
  • Denver Public Schools 
  • Denver Sheriff Department 
  • Denver Water 
  • Dolores Fire Department 
  • Douglas County School District 
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Department 
  • Duluth Police Department 
  • Eagle County School District  
  • Eagle County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Eden Prairie Police Department 
  • Edina Police Department 
  • Elbert County Sheriff’s Department 
  • Ely Police Department 
  • Englewood Police Department 
  • Estes Park Police Department 
  • Foley Police Department 
  • Fort Collins Police Department 
  • Frederick Police Department 
  • Fridley Police Department 
  • Glendale Police Department 
  • Glenwood Springs Fire Department 
  • Golden Police Department  
  • Golden Valley Police Department 
  • Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Hermantown Police Department 
  • Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Academy  
  • Hill City Police Department 
  • Hopkins Police Department 
  • Hutchinson Police Department 
  • JeffCom911 
  • Jefferson County District Attorney Office  
  • Jefferson County School District 
  • Jefferson County Schools Transportation & Fleet Services 
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lakeville Police Department 
  • Lakewood Police Department 
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Mankato Police Department 
  • Maple Grove Police Department 
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office  
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Metro Transit Police Department 
  • Metropolitan State University 
  • Minneapolis Police Department 
  • Minnesota State Patrol 
  • Minnetonka Police Department 
  • National Park Service 
  • Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) 
  • Nebraska State Patrol 
  • New Brighton Police Department 
  • New Hope Police Department 
  • New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) 
  • Northglenn Police Department 
  • Oakdale Police Department  
  • Ohio Department of Homeland Security
  • Parker Police Department 
  • Peoria Police Department  
  • Phoenix Fire Department  
  • Phoenix Police Department  
  • Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Plymouth Police Department 
  • Poudre Fire Authority 
  • Poudre School District  
  • Richfield Police Department
  • Rifle Police Department 
  • Riorico Fire Department  
  • Rochester Police Department 
  • Rogers Police Department 
  • Royalton Police Department 
  • Sable Altura Fire Rescue 
  • Saint Anthony Police Department 
  • San Luis Police Department 
  • Sauk Centre Police Department 
  • Sauk Rapids Police Department 
  • Scottsdale Police Department  
  • Sheridan Police Department 
  • Slayton Police Department 
  • St. Cloud Police Department 
  • St. Louis Park Police Department 
  • St. Paul Police Department 
  • St. Vrain Valley School District  
  • Summit County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Surprise Police Department  
  • Tempe Police Department  
  • Thornton Police Department 
  • U.S. Mint Police 
  • University of Minnesota Police Department 
  • Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) 
  • Utah Department of Public Safety  
  • Utah Highway Patrol 
  • Utah Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC) 
  • Vail Fire Department 
  • Vail Police Department 
  • Warren Tech 
  • Westminster Police Department  
  • Wheat Ridge Police Department 
  • White Mountain Apache Fire & Rescue Woodbury Police Department  

The CELL’s tailored CAP training is scalable to help protect people at any size venue or event. The CAP has been implemented at some of the greatest events in politics, sporting and entertainment, including:

  • Super Bowl LVII
  • Super Bowl LII 
  • Major League Baseball All-Star Game  
  • Indianapolis 500 
  • Audi Beaver Creek Birds of Prey World Cup 
  • Ball Arena  
  • BOLDERBoulder 10K 
  • Bravo! Vail Music Festival 
  • Colfax Marathon 
  • Colorado Avalanche (NHL) 
  • Colorado Classic Circuit 
  • Colorado Rapids (MLS) 
  • Coors Field, Colorado Rockies (MLB)
  • Denver Day of Rock
  • Denver Nuggets (NBA) 
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex 
  • Denver PrideFest 
  • Empower Field at Mile High, Denver Broncos (NFL) 
  • ESPN Winter X Games 
  • FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 
  • Kroenke Sports Entertainment 
  • Minneapolis Convention Center 
  • NCAA Final Four 
  • Republican National Convention 
  • Target Field, Minnesota Twins (MLB) 
  • Tour of Utah 
  • Twin Cities Pride 
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings (NFL) 
  • USA Pro Challenge 

The CAP brings everyday citizens together with law enforcement and safety officials, building trust and teamwork. Communities, private sector organizations and non-profit organizations who have adopted the CAP include: 

  • 5D Shield Security 
  • Advantage Security, Inc. 
  • Aish Denver 
  • Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado  
  • Allied Universal Security Services  
  • American Red Cross, Mile High Chapter  
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 
  • Argus Security 
  • ASIS International 
  • Assumption of the Thotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral 
  • Auraria Higher Education Center 
  • Aurora Citizen Police Academy 
  • Aurora Community of Faith 
  • Aurora Defense Council 
  • Aurora Police Explorers Post 
  • Aurora Police Volunteers 
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Centura Health 
  • Century Link
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center 
  • Civil Air Patrol  
  • Colorado Association of Code Officials 
  • Colorado Avalanche, NHL
  • Colorado Concern  
  • Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership (CEPP) 
  • Colorado Rapids, MLS
  • Colorado Rangers  
  • Colorado School of Mines 
  • Colorado Springs Utilities  
  • Colorado State University
  • Colorado Technical University 
  • Congressional Hebrew Educational Alliance of Denver 
  • Copper Mountain Resort  
  • Denver Business Improvement District (BID) 
  • Denver Citizen Police Academy 
  • Denver Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Denver FBI Citizen Academy Alumni Association 
  • Denver International Airport 
  • Denver League of Women Voters 
  • Denver Nuggets, NBA
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex
  • Denver Public Library 
  • Denver West High School JROTC 
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc./Maxar Technologies 
  • Downtown Denver Partnership 
  • Downtown Phoenix Initiative
  • Encounter Church
  • Englewood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Faith Bible Chapel 
  • First Bank  
  • Fort Collins Citizens Police Academy 
  • Fort Collins Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Four Winds Interactive 
  • Girl Scouts of America  
  • Guardsmark 
  • Heritage Eagle Bend 
  • Horizons at Colorado Academy 
  • HSS Security Services  
  • JC Penney 
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Safety in Faith Coalition 
  • JEWISHcolorado 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • Key Bank 
  • Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy 
  • Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor’s Association of Colorado  
  • LGBTQ Community Center of Colorado 
  • Littleton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • Mall of America 
  • Marilyn Hickey Ministries 
  • Medical Center of Aurora 
  • Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitor’s Association
  • Minneapolis Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) 
  • Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee
  • Minnesota Super Bowl LVII Host Committee 
  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church  
  • N-40 Mountain Alliance  
  • National Homeland Security Defense Foundation 
  • Officer’s Christian Fellowship 
  • Otero Junior College Law Enforcement Academy 
  • Parker Citizen Police Academy 
  • Parker Police Explorers Post 
  • Phoenix Convention Center
  • Pikes Peak Christian Church 
  • Regis University 
  • Sage Hospitality Group 
  • Scouts BSA 
  • Securitas Security 
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
  • Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
  • SP+ Parking 
  • Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center 
  • Temple Emanuel 
  • The Colorado Thirty Group  
  • The Denver Post  
  • Thornton Citizen Police Academy 
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 
  • University of Denver 
  • Vail Resorts 
  • Vail Valley Foundation 
  • Vectra Bank  
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Western Union
  • Westwoods Community Church 
  • Wheat Ridge Citizen Police Academy 
  • Wyoming Equality 
  • Xcel Energy 
  • Young Presidents’ Organization  
  • Zions Bancorporation 

Discover how you can help promote a collaborative, positive approach to public safety in your community. Take the first step and contact us at the CELL.

Accreditations, Certifications
and Awards

The CAP is SAFETY Act Certified as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and was recently awarded the Leadership in the Prevention of Terrorism and Leadership in Homeland Security Awards by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). It is qualified through the DHS National Training and Exercise Division (NTED) and has met the necessary requirements for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification. Additional recognition and awards include: 

Training Portal

Are you participating in an online CAP training? Click the link below to access our Online Training Portal, where you’ll find important CAP resources and documents.

Join Our Efforts

The CELL is the updating the CAP with funding from the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant through the Department of Justice. We need your agency’s help to bring an updated CAP curriculum to 100,000 people across the country!

The CELL’s updated CAP will include all previous CAP materials and add the DHS-approved training with material to educate community members on radicalization. The enhanced CAP training will include an updated online training curriculum and new educational training videos.

The objectives of this project are:

  1. The development and successful execution of a multi-year outreach and implementation strategy that will help the CELL reach our goal of educating 100,000 community members through this program.
  2. The development of creative assets to use in the outreach strategy.
  3. Advisement on copywriting as it pertains to the outreach strategy.

 

Click here for the RFP and how to submit a proposal.

The CELL’s updated CAP content needs to be developed into an engaging online training through gamification and interactive elements. The developed training then needs to be hosted on an LMS platform to widely disseminate the program. The developed CAP trainings will ideally run 30 to 45 minutes, with overall program completion time being no longer than an hour.

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Education of 100,000 people through the CAP trainings in a 24-month period
  2. Gamification of the CAP content in a pedagogically-sound manner to make it engaging for participants
  3. Hosting of the CAP trainings on an LMS capable of withstanding traffic of 100,000 individuals over 24 months
  4. Ease of access for participants taking the CAP training and the CELL staff administering it
  5. Ease of access for CELL staff to track registrant information and training results

 

Click here for the RFP and how to submit a proposal.

The updated CAP curriculum will include a 6–8-minute educational video, written curriculum, and an online training via LMS platform with gamification and interactive elements. The full CAP training will ideally be 30 to 45 minutes with overall program completion time being no longer than an hour.

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Script writing for the training video
  2. Writing support for the development of the online training

 

Click here for the RFP and how to submit a proposal.

Praise for the CAP

Hannah Haebig

Special Projects Intern

Hannah supports all areas of the organization, joining the team in 2024. She is a first-year graduate student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Hannah is working on her Master’s in International Studies, focusing on conflict in the Middle East.

Andy Stanley

Database & Administrative Associate

Andy helps ensure the organization is operating at its best. He has been with the team since 2023. Andy has a passion for helping others and a drive to make change a reality through his roles in the financial, service, and nonprofit sectors. Taking the skills and knowledge gained from his experiences, Andy hopes to help improve the lives of those in his community.

Libby Hodgin

Associate Communications Manager

Libby plans, develops, and implements marketing and communications strategies. She joined the organization in 2024 and has a proven track record of making meaningful contributions to the nonprofit sector through marketing, project management, graphic design, and events. Libby holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Oregon State University, a B.S. in Economics from Washington State University, a certificate in graphic design from Bellevue College, and a certificate in project management from Cornell University.

leslie hamdorf

Manager of Curriculum & Instruction

Leslie supports the organization’s educational programs. Leslie joined the team in 2023. She brings experience implementing various cross-cultural programs, managing K-12 educational programming, and service work with AmeriCorps. Leslie earned her Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, with a special focus on her educational theory, Action Leadership for Adolescents. 

Caitlyn lauchner

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Caitlyn supports the development and implementation of the organization’s education programming and assists with school and community partner outreach. She joined the team in 2023. Caitlyn brings experience in educational programming, community engagement, and research to support the organization’s efforts. She earned her M.A. in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego Kroc School and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Linfield University.

Magdalena perez

Education & Special Projects Coordinator

Magdalena delivers impactful messages to all ages and communities as part of the education team. She has been with the organization since 2022. Magdalena holds an M.A. in International Security, specializing in human security and human rights, from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Italian from the University of Denver.

Bailey Yamshak

Special Projects Coordinator

Bailey coordinates various events for the organization, joining the team in 2022. She has years of experience in the security and public safety fields. Bailey holds an M.A. in International Security from the University of Denver, specializing in Intelligence and Counterterrorism. She also has a B.A. in Criminal Sociology and Psychology from Auburn University.

rudolf leyba

Education & Special Projects Coordinator

Rudolf assists with the research, development, and implementation of new and existing programs across the organization. Rodolf joined the team 2022. Rudolf received his M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.

 

samantha Neville

Database & Administrative Associate

Samantha supports database management and administration of programs and events. She has been with the organization since 2022. Samantha graduated with a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University.

Jacqueline Graham

Writing & Communications Specialist

Jacqueline supports the marketing team’s planning and implementation of educational programs and events. She joined the team in 2022. Jacqueline is a highly passionate writer who believes in telling stories that empower the community. She holds an M.A. in Writing from Edinburgh Napier University and a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from Denison University.

Condoleezza Rice

Sec. Condoleezza Rice

66th U.S. Secretary of State

Dr. Rice was the 66th United States Secretary of State and President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor during his first term. During the administration of George H.W. Bush, Rice also served as Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs. While an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She is the current Tad and Dianne Taube Director and Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, a professor in Global Business and Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC.

MEG ROBBINS

Associate Education & Special Projects Manager

Meg is essential to the education team, providing programming opportunities for elementary and high school-aged students, developing engaging curricula, and building partnerships with fellow educators across the front range. She joined the team in 2019. She is passionate about the work to celebrate diversity, spread messages of equality and equity, and combat hatred in all its forms.

Caitlin Navratil

Special Projects Coordinator

Caitlin Navratil started at the CELL in 2021 and is responsible for supporting CELL marketing and special projects. She is currently finishing her MA in International Studies at the University of Denver, specializing in Intelligence Analysis. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Bethel University. Caitlin is a 2021 and 2022 Boren Fellow and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

David Engleberg

David Engleberg

David H. Engleberg has lived in the Denver area since 1992. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended the University of Utah where he earned his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1967 – 1973. He also resided in the Los Angeles area for a number of years. He has held senior executive positions in the health care and insurance industries. For the past 20 years he developed numerous residential and commercial real estate projects in the Denver area. Since 2010, Engleberg has been the owner of Capitol Cigars. Engleberg served on public, private and non-profit Boards, including being Chairman of the Board of National Jewish Health. Engleberg is married and has four children, one in Denver, two in Israel, and one in Portland, Oregon. He currently has six grandchildren. His hobbies include tennis, golf, fly fishing and watching football.
Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

Associate & Office Manager

Samantha specializes in fundraising efforts, administrative efficiency, and data collection. They have been with the organization since 2021. Samantha spearheads communication with the Board of Directors, manages fundraising efforts, provides oversight of program and event operations, and executes administrative and personal support for the CEO and other senior leadership. Samantha graduated from Colorado Christian University with a B.A. in English Literature Research.

BECCI JACOBS, MSW

Manager of Community & Organizational Development

Becci supports developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs. She has been with the team since 2022. Becci brings her experiences in nonprofit management, mental health, K-12 education, and community engagement to the organization to ensure we meet the needs of students, stakeholders, and partners. Becci earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver, specializing in Children and Youth: Risks and Healthy Development.

Elizabeth Cychosz

Elizabeth Cychosz Johnson

Associate Director of Education & Special Projects

Elizabeth supports the development of new educational initiatives, updates existing programming, and assists in implementing digital and in-person programs. She has been part of the team since 2017. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in Anthropology and Journalism from Ohio University. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management with the Project Management Institute.

James Hippensteel

James Hippensteel

Manager of Education & Programs

James develops and teaches education programs, tours, and curricula. He has been with the team since 2021. With over 20 years of experience in secondary, higher, and public history education, James brings vast expertise to the organization, including international human rights law, diplomatic history, and teaching a college-level History of Terrorism course. James is a proud graduate of the University of Montana-Missoula, where he received both his M.A. and B.A. in History.

Tom Ruppel

Chief Operating Officer

Tom ensures proper execution of the Mizel Institute’s (including the Mizel Museum and the CELL) strategic plan. He has held various positions with the organization since joining in 2014. Tom received his M.A. in International Security with a Certificate in Homeland Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He received his B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Connecticut College.

Melanie Pearlman

Melanie Pearlman

President & CEO

Melanie manages the administration, programming, and strategic planning for the Mizel Institute’s two centers – the Mizel Museum and the CELL. She has been with the Institute since 2008. Melanie’s vast accomplishments include receiving the FBI Director’s 2012 Community Leadership Award and being named one of the Denver Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40. Melanie received her M.A. in International Management and Foreign Affairs from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Rick Sapkin

Rick Sapkin

Founder and Managing Principal, Edgemark Development

Rick Sapkin is a Founder and Managing Principal of Edgemark Development, with more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience with a strong presence through the Midwest, Rocky Mountains and western United States. Sapkin has been involved in various real estate developments, including several million square feet of retail development and, more recently, high-end self-storage facilities. He has established a proven track record for entrepreneurial business transactions specializing in commercial development, redevelopment, and urban projects. Sapkin received his B.S. in Business Administration in 1983 from the University of Denver.

Blair Richardson

Blair Richardson

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Bow River Capital Partners

Blair Richardson is Chairman and CEO of Bow River Capital and has held executive positions in international sales and trading of public equity and debt securities for nearly 25 years. In 2011, Richardson was named one of the most influential people in Denver by 5280 Magazine (“The 5280 Fifty”). Richardson was with Morgan Stanley and Company from 1987 to 1995, serving as President of Morgan Stanley Japan in Tokyo, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia in Hong Kong, and Managing Director of the Equity and Fixed Income Department in New York. Prior to forming Bow River Capital, Richardson was Managing Partner of B.E. Richardson Investments, which invested in a variety of industries and real estate throughout North America. Between 1996 and 2002, his company made over 20 private equity investments. Richardson is the founding partner of Bow River Capital, which today manages over $688 million of AUM and is on their 7th fund.

Michael Pollak

Michael Pollak

Co-Founder, Hyde Park Jewelers

Michael Pollak, co-founder of Hyde Park Jewelers, started by selling turquoise and Native American jewelry after class on the lawn of the University of Denver in 1973, where he graduated with a BSBA. He has spent extensive time in New York, Geneva, Vicenza and Hong Kong, cultivating his skills, knowledge and expertise in gemology, fine jewelry and Swiss timepieces. With more than 40 years in retail management, developing five regional, luxury jewelry stores, Pollak became Chief Executive Officer of Hyde Park Jewelers in 2007. He has received numerous industry awards, including induction into the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame in 2008 and Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 1999. Pollack has held board positions with Jewelers of America, Natural Color Diamond Association and the Mizel Institute. He is a co-founder of Diamonds in the Rough, a non-profit organization to support the efforts of youth-based nonprofits and local charities.

Courtney Mizel

Courtney L. Mizel

Director, MDC Holdings, Inc.

Courtney L. Mizel is a Principal at Mizel Consulting, where she has worked for over 20 years. In this role, Mizel advises companies in various industries on matters relating to business management and strategy, including operations, business development, marketing, as well as legal matters. She is also a Founding Director of the CELL. Mizel is involved in a number of non-profit activities, including serving on the Boards of Directors of Zimmer Children’s Museum, Sharsheret National and JQ International. Mizel received her Bachelor of Science in Economics with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. She is the daughter of the MDC Holdings, Inc., Executive Chairman of the Board Larry A. Mizel, and she joined its Board of Directors in 2017. Her legal and business achievements and diverse-yet-highly-relevant experiences provide the Board with enhanced business, operational, governance and legal perspectives.

Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Managing Principal, Miller Frishman

Following graduation from the University of Denver with an accounting degree, Andy Miller worked as a CPA for the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. In 1980, he joined with four other partners as Loup-Miller Development Company, which designed and developed shopping centers, apartment communities, office buildings and warehouses across the United States. After the real estate debacle of the 1980s, Miller co-founded Sevo Miller, Inc., in 1990. Sevo Miller built, managed, marketed, leased and sold commercial real estate for many institutions and third-party owners across the country. In 1993, Miller and David Frishman co-founded Realty Funding Group, a mortgage and finance company that has acted as a mortgage broker and mortgage banker for numerous commercial real estate projects across the U.S. In 2009, Miller and David Frishman founded Miller Frishman Group, which specializes in multi-family apartments and retail shopping centers.

David Mandarich

David D. Mandarich

President and Chief Executive Officer, MDC Holdings, Inc.

David D. Mandarich has been associated with the MDC Holdings, Inc., since 1977 and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2020. In 1999, he was elected President and Chief Operating Officer, a title he also held in 1996. Mandarich was previously elected Co-Chief Operating Officer in 1994 and Executive Vice President of Real Estate in 1993. He was a Director from 1980 until 1989 and has been a Director continuously since 1994. 

James A. Lustig

Jimmy Lustig

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Management

A seasoned leader in business, Jimmy Lustig has executive experience at various companies. He has proven himself to have the entrepreneurial spirit that drives new ideas to success while working within the established frameworks of highly regulated industries. Lustig was previously a shareholder and employee of a commercial bank headquartered in Denver, of which his family members were the majority shareholders and which was later sold to Zions Bank. He also founded GEA Entertainment, a music publishing industry consolidator. Lustig balances his professional career with a variety of charitable endeavors. He and his wife run the Lustig Family Foundation, through which they contribute to numerous organizations and institutions that embody their values. Lustig is proud to do his part in supporting educational, cultural, and social endeavors that will shape generations to come.

Walter Isenberg

Walter Isenberg

Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Hospitality

Walter Isenberg started Sage more than 30 years ago with partner Zack Neumeyer. As CEO of Sage Hospitality Group, he directs all company operations including management, real estate investment and brand development, with an emphasis on community giving and teaching the next generation of great leaders. Results-driven and creative, Isenberg is a member of the Union Station Alliance, the group responsible for revitalizing Denver Union Station and creating the high-performing Crawford Hotel. He created Sage’s art program which provides locally curated art in newly built or renovated hotels. Isenberg is a member of Marriott International’s Owner Advisory Board and the American Hotel Lodging Association Government Affairs Committee, as well as a board member of Visit Denver, which inducted him into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame in 2010.

John Ikard

John A. Ikard

Chairman of the Board, Firstbank Holding Company & Chairman of the Board, National Western Center

John A. Ikard stepped down as CEO of FirstBank in March 2017, after a 36-year career with the bank including serving the last 17 years as CEO of FirstBank Holding Company. He served as Chairman of the American Bankers Association, the largest financial trade association in the country representing more than 3,500 institutions. In 2010, Ikard was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of the Year” by American Banker magazine. On a local level, he has served as Chairman of the Denver Metro Economic Development Corporation, Chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Denver Area Boy Scout Council, and Chairman of Colorado Concern, one of the State’s most influential political/business organizations. Ikard previously served on the Board of Governors for the Colorado State University and was awarded CSU’s Harry Morgan Award as an outstanding alumnus in 2012.

Arlene Hirschfeld

Arlene Hirschfeld

Born and raised in Denver, Arlene Hirschfeld has been making significant and enduring contributions to the community for 35 years. After working as a teacher at Abraham Lincoln High School, Hirschfeld made a career of working nearly full-time for various causes. She has volunteered for nonprofits, including JEWISHcolorado (where she served as the third female president in the organization’s 57-year history), the Denver Art Museum, Rose Community Foundation (where she was the first female board chair) and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Hirschfeld currently serves on the boards of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Denver Art Museum. She is a member of Rose Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services Committee. She is also an honorary trustee of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Her belief in the importance of volunteerism to enhance the quality of life of individuals and the community has fueled her work.

Anne Hillary

Anne M. Hillary

Anne M. Hillary is a community activist and philanthropist, serving on several local boards in arts and education. She and her husband Jim Hillary have lived in Colorado since 1998 with their three children. Hillary’s professional history includes leadership positions in arts management at American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York.

David P. Cohen

David P. Cohen

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

David P. Cohen leverages his business experience and understanding of Congress and each unique federal agency to gather the political intelligence his clients at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck need most. He has the legal prowess to advocate before consumer-focused regulators at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the political savviness to engage appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the legislative experience to propose sensible solutions to senior members and staff on the House Financial Services Committee. Before returning to Brownstein, Cohen served as Chief Administrative Officer for CLEAR, a leading biometric technology company. Earlier, he served as Chief of Staff to three U.S. Customs Service Commissioners, was involved in the initial policy discussions surrounding the formation of DHS, and served as professional staff on the House Financial Services Committee.

Michael Burg

Michael Burg

Founder/Shareholder Burg Simpson Personal Injury Lawyers

Michael Burg was admitted to the Colorado Bar in May, 1976 and founded Burg Simpson in 1977. Today, Burg Simpson comprises more than 50 attorneys with offices in four states. Burg has tried over 185 trials and obtained over 15 verdicts in excess of $1M. In total, his clients have received settlements, judgments and verdicts in excess of $500M. Burg has annually been named among America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers by the U.S. Legal 500 since 2012, and the U.S. Legal 500 also acknowledged him as a Leading Lawyer nationally in representing individuals in Pharmaceutical Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation. Burg was inducted to the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2016, joining such legendary trial lawyers as John Adams, Clarence Darrow, and Johnny Cochran. Additionally, he was named by Best Lawyers® in America as the 2016 Denver Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Herbert T Buchwald

Herbert T. Buchwald

President and Chairman of the Board, BPR Management Corporation Principal, Herbert T. Buchwald, P.A. Lead Independent Director, MDC Holdings, Inc.

Herbert T. Buchwald is a principal in the law firm of Herbert T. Buchwald, P.A. and President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of BPR Management Corporation, a property management company located in Denver, Colorado, positions he has held for more than the past five years. Buchwald has been engaged in the acquisition, development and management of residential and commercial real estate in Florida, New Jersey and Colorado, through both publicly and privately held ventures for more than forty years. As an attorney, he has been admitted to practice before federal and state trial and appellate courts in Florida and Colorado. In addition, he holds an accounting degree and formerly was a practicing Certified Public Accountant.

Larry A Mizel

Larry A. Mizel

Founder, Mizel Institute & Executive Chairman of the Board, MDC Holdings, Inc.

Larry A. Mizel founded MDC Holdings in 1972 and has served as a Director and Chairman of the Board since its inception. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of MDC Holdings in 1988, a position he held until he assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board in October 2020. In his various roles, Mizel has provided MDC Holdings with leadership and judgment, while advancing the long-term interests of its shareholders. 

Tom O'Connor

Principal Consultant, FEDSquared Consulting; former FBI Special Agent

Tom O’Connor is a Principal Consultant at FEDSquared Consulting, providing security solutions for both government and non-government organizations. He specializes in Domestic Extremist issues and the insider threat posed by followers of extremist ideologies. O’Connor is a frequent speaker at Law Enforcement conferences and webinars on counterterrorism and evidence collection topics including Domestic Extremism, Lone Offender shootings, and Suicide Bombings. He is a retired FBI Special Agent, with 23 years of experience working domestic and international extremism. He has extensive experience at major crime scenes around the globe and has worked for fifteen years as a local police officer. O’Connor is a Certified FBI Academy Adjunct Faculty and FBI Master Police Instructor.

Christian Picciolini

Counter-Extremism Specialist

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and 90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Picciolini went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter‑extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti‑hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. Since leaving the white-power movement over two decades ago, Picciolini has helped hundreds of individuals leave hate behind, and he leads the FREE RADICALS PROJECT, a global extremism prevention network.

Jenny Presswalla

Acting Director of the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, DHS

Jenny Presswalla is the Acting Deputy Director for Field Operations, Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, where she works to form partnerships between Federal, state, and local government and western states communities to prevent targeted violence. She was formerly Branch Chief for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Washington, DC, tasked with leading a team of subject matter experts who coordinated US Government CVE policy and strategy and engaged American communities on CVE. Before NCTC, Presswalla worked at the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, leading DHS engagement of diverse American communities in Los Angeles and training law enforcement on CVE nationwide. She was a National Security Education Program Boren Fellow in Mumbai, India, has an M.A. from American University’s School of International Service and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida.

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and intelligence. He was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, he served as a Middle Eastern specialist at the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. Gerecht is the author of The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), Know Thine Enemy: A Spy’s Journey into Revolutionary Iran (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) and The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy (AEI Press, 2004). He has been a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, as well as a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Dispatch, and other publications.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

CEO, Valens Global; Senior Advisor on Asymmetric Warfare, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a scholar, author, practitioner, and entrepreneur who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. The International Herald Tribune has described Gartenstein-Ross as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” Gartenstein-Ross also serves as a Senior Advisor on Asymmetric Warfare at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Gartenstein-Ross’s previous positions include Senior Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, Fellow with Google’s think tank Jigsaw, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. Gartenstein-Ross can conduct research in six languages. He holds a Ph.D. in world politics from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and received a 10,000 Small Businesses Certificate of Entrepreneurship in 2018.

Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Bill Roggio is a senior fellow at FDD and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, which provides original reporting and analysis of the Global War on Terror from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa, Iran, and beyond. He is also president of the nonprofit media company Public Multimedia Inc. Roggio was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Iraqi forces in Iraq between 2005 and 2008, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. From 1991 to 1997, he served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, The Daily Beast, National Review, and The New York Post, and his work has been in outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg.

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of FDD's Long War Journal, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at FDD and is senior editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, a widely read publication on counterterrorism and related issues. Much of his research focuses on how al-Qaeda and the Islamic State operate around the globe. He has served as a consultant for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and has testified before Congress on more than twenty occasions. Joscelyn has constructed dossiers on hundreds of terrorists during the course of his work. The Daily Beast has described him as one of “the most trusted authorities on the al-Qaeda network because of his encyclopedic knowledge of terrorist biographies.” In 2007, he published a monograph titled “Iran’s Proxy War Against America,” which details Iran’s decades-long sponsorship of America’s terrorist enemies. In 2008, he completed an exhaustive review of the Guantanamo Bay detainee population, cataloging and analyzing thousands of pages of declassified documents. Joscelyn publishes the weekly Vital Interests newsletter for The Dispatch and co-hosts the Generation Jihad podcast. His work has been published by a variety of other publications and cited by The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Washington Post, and many others. He makes regular appearances in the media.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is a senior fellow at FDD and an expert at FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power (CEFP) focused on Hezbollah’s Latin America illicit threat networks and Iran’s history of sanctions evasion. His research has examined Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its links to the country’s energy sector and procurement networks. Prior to joining FDD, Ottolenghi headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels and taught Israel Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He is author of The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran: The Looming Crisis, and Under a Mushroom Cloud: Europe, Iran and the Bomb. His columns have also appeared in leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and London’s The Sunday Times. He obtained his PhD in political theory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, preceded by undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Bologna.

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President for Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer is Senior Vice President for Research at FDD, where he oversees the work of the organization’s experts and scholars. He is also on the leadership team of FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power, a project on the use of financial and economic power as a tool of statecraft. Schanzer previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. He has held previous think tank research positions at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Middle East Forum. Schanzer testifies often before Congress and publishes widely in the American and international media. He has appeared on American television channels such as Fox News and CNN, and Arabic language television channels such as Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera.

Clifford D. May

Founder and President, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Clifford D. May is the founder and president of FDD, a nonpartisan policy institute focusing on national security created immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks on the United States. Under his leadership, FDD has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded think tanks and a sought-after voice on a wide range of national security issues. He has helped assemble a staff and advisory board of the most compelling scholars and experts whose research, ideas, and recommendations have shaped important policies and legislation on terrorism, nonproliferation, human rights, Islamism, democratization, and related issues. May has had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications, and politics. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), he has covered stories around the world. From 2016 to 2018, May served as a commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress in order to advance the pivotal right of religious freedom around the world and integrate religious freedom into America’s foreign policy.

Samuel Rascoff

Faculty Director, NYU Center on Law and Security

Samuel Rascoff is an expert in national security law and serves as faculty director of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University. Named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, Rascoff came to the Law School from the New York City Police Department, where, as Director of Intelligence Analysis, he created and led a team responsible for assessing the terrorist threat to the city. A graduate of Harvard summa cum laude, Oxford with first class honors, and Yale Law School, Rascoff previously served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a special assistant with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Rascoff’s publications include “Presidential Intelligence” (Harvard Law Review); “Counterterrorism and New Deterrence” (NYU Law Review); “Establishing Official Islam? The Law and Strategy of Counter-Radicalization” (Stanford Law Review); “Domesticating Intelligence” (Southern California Law Review), and “The Law of Homegrown (Counter-) Terrorism” (Texas Law Review).

Elizabeth Neumann

Chief Strategy Officer at Moonshot; National Security Analyst at ABC News; former Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism at DHS

Elizabeth Neumann served as the Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy in the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans. She oversaw Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-wide policy development and coordination for screening and vetting, terrorism prevention, counterterrorism, countering transnational criminal organizations, and other persistent and emerging threats. Prior to this role, Neumann served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Department, where she assisted in the management of the day-to-day operations of DHS and served as a senior advisor to Secretaries Kelly and Nielsen, as well as Acting Secretary Duke. Neumann’s work in the homeland security enterprise began just prior to the founding of DHS in 2003, where she served on the Homeland Security Council at the White House. As part of the White House’s Domestic Counterterrorism Directorate, she tracked terrorist threats and developed domestic prevention and mitigation strategies and programs. Later, in support of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Neumann worked with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to develop the protocols for reporting suspicious activity, and she developed one of the early community-based models for countering violent extremism.

George Selim

Senior Advisor to the CEO, Anti-Defamation League

As Senior Advisor to the CEO, George Selim supports the CEO and Senior Staff on a range of strategic initiatives to include policy development and program implementation, national security matters, and a range of special projects and priority engagements. Prior to his appointment at ADL in 2017 as Senior Vice President of Programs, Selim served in the administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. He served as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Director of the Office for Community Partnerships. Concurrently, he was selected to lead a newly created Countering Violent Extremism Task Force to coordinate government efforts and partnerships to prevent violent extremism in the United States. Before assuming these roles, Selim served for four years at the White House on the National Security Council Staff where he focused on policy development and program implementation matters for both domestic and international security threats. Prior to his work at the White House, Selim served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the DHS Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Arab American Institute, and served one year with AmeriCorps. Selim holds an MA from Georgetown University and a BA from Walsh University.

John McLaughlin

Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

John McLaughlin served as Acting Director of Central Intelligence from July to September of 2004 and as the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, Vice Chairman for Estimates and Acting Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. McLaughlin is a graduate of the US Army Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning and was recently inducted into the School’s Hall of Fame. He completed a US Army tour in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. McLaughlin is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Community Service Award and the National Security Medal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He serves on the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Group managed by Mitre Corporation, the National Security Advisory Group at the Noblis Corporation, and the Middle East Institute’s Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Extremism.

Thomas M. Sanderson

Geopolitical Risk Consultant

Thomas Sanderson co-founded and directed the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2002 to 2018. Through his consulting practice, he investigates terrorism, insurgency, criminal networks, global trends, and intelligence issues and guides governments and the private sector in detecting, understanding and navigating a wide range of global risks and opportunities.

Juan Carlos Zarate

Global Co-Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, K2 Integrity

Juan Carlos Zarate provides expert counsel and strategic guidance to clients on complex internal and international financial investigations. Previously, Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism (“counterterrorism czar”), where he was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats, including anti-money laundering, kleptocracy, and transnational organized crime. He was the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. In this role, he led the post-9/11 anti-money laundering and sanctions regime expansion in the United States. Prior to 9/11, Zarate served as federal terrorism prosecutor, working on international terrorism cases like the bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa and the USS Cole. Juan is the chair of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and an independent advisor to Coinbase. He was a visiting lecturer in law at the Harvard Law School for eight years and is a published author, including the books Treasury’s War (2013) and Forging Democracy (1994).

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Co-Founder and Executive Director, American Islamic Congress

Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and has been its Executive Director since its inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Al-Suwaij left her teaching position at Yale to launch AIC with the mission of building interfaith and interethnic understanding and to represent the diversity of American Muslim life. Al-Suwaij’s leadership has expanded AIC into an international organization with six bureaus worldwide, including the U.S., Egypt, Iraq, and its newest location, Tunisia. Her vision for acceptance and understanding in the U.S. is being realized through AIC’s growing campus initiative, Project Nur, as well as its Interfaith Councils and groundbreaking Witness Series. Al-Suwaij is an outspoken advocate for women’s equality, civil rights, and interfaith understanding.

Paul Cruickshank

Editor-in-Chief, CTC Sentinel & Terrorism Analyst, CNN

Paul Cruickshank has reported extensively on al Qaeda, ISIS, and other Salafi Jihadi groups. He regularly appears on air as CNN’s Terrorism Analyst and is the Editor-in-Chief of CTC Sentinel, the independent flagship publication of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He is the co-author of the 2014 book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA. Cruickshank has regularly contributed to CNN’s reporting of Al Qaeda terrorism from a range of locations including the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and has frequently been a guest on CNN programs such as The Situation Room, The Lead, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight, Larry King Live, Piers Morgan Tonight, New Day, as well as CNN International to provide on-air analysis and reaction to breaking news events.

Bruce Hoffman

Professor and Director, Center for Jewish Civilization (CJC), Georgetown University

Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for four decades. Appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization, Hoffman was a leading author of the commission’s final report. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and until recently was director of its Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program.