Secure Community Network Introduces New National Security Advisory Council

The Secure Community Network (SCN), the official safety and security organization for the Jewish community in North America, announced today the creation of its new National Security Advisory Council (NSAC). The NSAC will offer advice, guidance, feedback, and thought leadership to SCN, assist with identifying and addressing threats facing the Jewish community, and advise SCN on programs and strategies as well as security planning and preparedness efforts. The mission of the NSAC is to convene national security experts to provide the highest level of safety and security for the Jewish community.

The NSAC is comprised of nationally recognized professionals from National Security, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, Intelligence and Analysis, and Public Safety, to include individuals from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. Their responsibilities will include advising SCN on the impact of organizational security programs and projects, and providing expertise on various security topics to include physical security, trainings, incident response, and intelligence sharing.

National Security Council Members:
Chair: Kerry Sleeper, Former Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Current Special Advisor, Secure Community Network
  • Alan Cohen, Partner, DCVC
  • Arnold Chase, President, Gemini Works, Inc.
  • Brian Harrell, Former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Elan Carr, Former United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism, United States Department of State
  • Gil Kerlikowske, Former Commissioner, United States Customs and Border Protection
  • Jane Holl Lute, Special Coordinator on Improving the United Nations Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, United Nations
  • Jeri Williams, Chief, Phoenix Police Department
  • Jody Weis, Former Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Former Superintendent, Chicago Police Department
  • Joshua Skule, Former Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Karen Schaefer, Former Chief of Operations, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Kathleen O’Toole, Former Commissioner, Boston Police Department and Former Chief, Seattle Police Department
  • Linda Solheim, Former Director, Sector Outreach and Programs Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Matthew Birmingham, Director, Vermont State Police
  • Max Schachter, Founder and Executive Director, Safe Schools for Alex
  • Michael Mastronardy, Sheriff of Ocean County, New Jersey
  • Mike Sena, Executive Director, Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
  • Michael Sullivan, Former Assistant Director, Office of Private Sector, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Nathan Sales, Former Ambassador and Coordinator for Counterterrorism, United States Department of State
  • Nicholas Rasmussen, Former Director, National Counter Terrorism Center
  • Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff of Middlesex County, Massachusetts
  • Richard Stanek, Former Sheriff of Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Steven Pomerantz, Former Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Current Director of the Homeland Security Program, Jewish Institute for National Security of America
  • Susan Manheimer, Former Chief, San Mateo Police Department
  • William Evanina, Former Director, National Counterintelligence and Security Center

“Meeting the continued security needs of the Jewish community during the most complex and dynamic threat environment this country has ever seen requires strategic guidance from top security experts,” said Michael Masters, National Director and CEO of SCN. “This Council will do just that and help us keep our community as safe and prepared as possible. “

The Council will have quarterly meetings to discuss the most relevant topics regarding the safety and security of the Jewish community, and how to improve and strengthen it. The Council’s guidance will also inform SCN’s efforts to support other multi-faith and targeted communities.

“This Council is comprised of top security leaders from across the country,” said Kerry Sleeper, Chair of the NSAC. “Working together, this group will help empower and strengthen our community by providing expertise and advice on all Jewish security matters.”

The Secure Community Network (SCN), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is the official homeland safety and security initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004, under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, SCN serves as the central organization dedicated exclusively to the safety and security of the American Jewish community, working across 146 federations, 50 partner organizations, over 300 independent communities as well as with other partners in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. SCN is dedicated to ensuring that Jewish organizations, communities, as well as life and culture can not only exist safely and securely, but flourish.