Zach Graves is Executive Director at Lincoln Network. Previously he was head of policy at Lincoln, and managed the policy and programming team. His research and advocacy focuses on the intersection of technology and governance issues, including work to strengthen science and technology expertise and capacity in Congress. Before Lincoln, he was Director of Technology Policy at RSI. Prior to that, he worked at the Cato Institute.
He is currently a Fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He is also a Contributing Editor at American Purpose magazine. Additionally, he is a member of the Polaris Council, an advisory board for science and technology at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He is also a board member of the Institute for Progress.
He holds a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis. Zach is married and lives in Washington, DC.
Garrett Johnson is a co-founder and chairman of the board at Lincoln Network. He also co-founded SendHub.com, a venture-backed YCombinator startup launched in 2011. He served as professional staff to the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Originally from Florida, Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and was the two-time NCAA Shot Put champion. He also read for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar. Garrett currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
Head of Policy
Dan Lips is Head of Policy and a Senior Fellow at Lincoln Network, where he manages the policy research team. Dan has well over two decades of experience working in public policy, and has built up deep expertise in K-12 education policy, congressional oversight, as well as cyber and national security policy.
Prior to Lincoln, from 2011 to 2019, Dan worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, including serving as the majority staff’s homeland security policy director. His legislative accomplishments include bipartisan legislation to modernize federal information security management and to authorize the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity programs. He also focused on Congressional oversight and served on the staff of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He was the lead staff author of former Sen. Tom Coburn’s final oversight report: A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Missions and Performance, which was featured on 60 Minutes. He also led a bipartisan investigation into how the U.S. immigration system encourages child marriages, which received global coverage in 2019.
Before working on Capitol Hill, Dan served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, focusing on cybersecurity and intelligence. From 2000 to 2010, he worked for federal and state think tanks, concentrating primarily on education policy, including serving as a senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation. He testified before the House of Representatives in 2007 on improving educational opportunities for foster children. His research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has served as a member of the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was a 2018-19 Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a visiting fellow with the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Politics from Princeton University and his master’s degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics.
Antonio is senior fellow at Lincoln Network focusing on the intersection of technology, media, free speech, and culture.
Prior to Lincoln, AGM was the founder of a YC-backed startup; the first product manager for targeted advertising at Facebook; the author of TheNew York Times best-selling Chaos Monkeys (2016); a Wired columnist; an advisor at Twitter; and a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs.
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A former correspondent at The Economist, Cain has been a regular commentator in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Financial Times, and Foreign Policy, a contributing editor at The Mekong Review, and a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and Bloomberg. Cain writes about the ways that repressive governments deploy novel technologies and how democracies can respond. His work takes him to the world’s most authoritarian and far-off places, from inside North Korea to the trans-Siberian railway across Russia, from investigations into genocide in Cambodia to experiments in technological surveillance in China.
As a TechCongress fellow, he was an advisor to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, investigating malign actors who deployed technology and illicit financial tools to undermine American democracy. A Fulbright scholar, he holds a master’s with distinction from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a bachelor’s at The George Washington University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Lars Erik Schönander
Lars Erik Schönander is a technologist and software engineer at Lincoln Network, working across the Research and Studio teams on both policy and technical projects. Previously, Lars interned for Lincoln Park Strategies where he did data analytics and software development. He holds a BA from The George Washington University in International Affairs and Economics and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Deepesh Chaudhari is a Senior Fellow in the FACET program and is an experienced technologist, startup founder, and community builder. His research interests include technological risks in AI and information security. Before Lincoln Network, he worked as a Data Scientist in organizations ranging from startups to large companies and political campaigns. Most recently, Deepesh was working at Protonmail on a team focused on fighting platform abuse and disinformation.
In India, he co-founded a civic-tech company to bridge the communication gap between residents and their local governments. Based on this work, he got the opportunity to serve the State Government and received a “Google For Entrepreneurs” scholarship.
He has also served as a Technical Representative for Microsoft, where he trained more than 4,000 engineering students in emerging technologies.
Through these different positions, Deepesh has been actively involved in creating synergies between the public and private sectors to pursue social impact. He has completed his undergraduate studies in Information Technology from Pune University, graduate studies in Data Science from Galvanize, and a fellowship at ‘Insight Data Science’ in San Francisco.
Luke Hogg is Policy Manager at Lincoln Network, focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Prior to joining Lincoln Network, Luke was Federal Affair Manager at FreedomWorks where he primarily concentrated on blockchain, internet governance, and regulatory issues. He holds a BA in Government and Data Science from the College of William and Mary and currently lives in Washington D.C.
Events and Operations Team
Chief Operating Officer
Grace Meyer is Chief Operating Officer at Lincoln Network. Prior to joining Lincoln, Grace worked at the Cato Institute on their development team. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College, where she studied politics and business administration. Grace is originally from Michigan and currently lives with her husband in Washington, DC.
Head of Development
Lauren Dionisio is Head of Development for Lincoln Network. Prior to joining Lincoln, Lauren spent the majority of her career fundraising for public-interest law firms. She most recently served as the Director of Development for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, where she built the fundraising department from the ground up. Lauren participated in the Koch Associate Program and graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in politics and a minor in economics. After nearly a decade in Washington, DC Lauren and her husband moved to Charleston, SC to give southern living a try.
Marshall Kosloff is a Media Fellow at Lincoln Network, where he co-hosts The Realignment podcast. Before Lincoln, he was a researcher on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover and participated in the Public Interest Fellowship. He is also a Media Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon. Marshall lives in New York City.
CFO and General Counsel
J. Scott McKaig
J. Scott McKaig is general counsel and chief financial officer at Lincoln Network. He received his B.A. from UNC-Greensboro in 2004 and his Law Degree and Master’s in Business Administration from Campbell University in 2008. After earning his JD and MBA, Scott spent the first six years of his career operating his own law firm in Raleigh, NC. Since that time, Scott has worked in tech, clinical research, financial services and in several positions for the State of North Carolina. In 2018, Scott joined Lincoln Network as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer. Scott also works as an Adjunct Professor in the Business Department at Wake Tech Community College and was appointed to the Tryon Palace Commission by former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in 2016. Scott Lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with his partner Katie Riebe and their two sons, Liam (8) and Aiden (6). In his limited spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his family and cooking competition BBQ.
Lauren Spears is a project associate at Lincoln Network, where she assists with events, grants, and other duties. Previously she interned at The Heritage Foundation and in the U.S. Senate for the office of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. She has a BA in Political Economy from Hillsdale College.
Head of Studio
Brandon Detweiler is head of studio at Lincoln Network.
Software Engineer & Illustrator
Joey is a full-stack software engineer and illustrator on the Studio team at Lincoln Network.
Affiliated Technologists and Policy Scholars
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Reynold Schweickhardt is a Nonresident Senior Fellow for Congressional Modernization with Lincoln Network’s policy team. Previously, he was Senior Technology Advisor at the General Services Administration. Prior to that, he was Strategic Advisor at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, and Director of Technology Policy for the Committee on House Administration. He has also served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. GPO, and as an R&D project manager for Hewlett Packard.
Jimmy Soni is a best-selling and award-winning author. His latest book, The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley, was a debut national best-seller and has earned praise from the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, among many others. Described as “an intensely magnetic chronicle” (NYT) and “engrossing” (Business Insider), the book featured exclusive interviews with Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, and many others, and it explored PayPal’s turbulent early days and the shaping of a generation of technological talent.
Soni’s previous book, A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, won the 2017 Neumann Prize, awarded by the British Society for the History of Mathematics for the best book on the history of mathematics for a general audience, and the Middleton Prize by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The book explored the life and times of Dr. Claude Shannon, founder of the field of information theory and one of the 20th century’s forgotten geniuses. Fortune magazine called the book a “charming account of one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished scientists…Readers will enjoy this portrait of a modern-day Da Vinci.”
A prior work, Rome’s Last Citizen: the Life and Legacy of Cato, shared the story of the ancient Roman Senator Cato the Younger, arch-rival of Julius Caesar. Soni is also a co-author of Jane’s Carousel, completed with the late Jane Walentas, which captured one woman’s remarkable twenty-five-year journey to restore a beloved carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. He started his career at McKinsey & Company, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Roslyn Layton, PhD is an international technology expert who explains the economics, security, and geopolitics of broadband internet.
She is Senior Vice President of Strand Consult and Visiting Researcher at Aalborg University Copenhagen where she earned a doctorate in internet economics. She served on the Presidential Transition Team for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Jon Askonas is nonresident senior fellow with Lincoln Network. He is an assistant professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America, where he works on the connections between the republican tradition, technology, and national security. He is currently working on two books: A Muse of Fire: Why the U.S. Military Forgets What It Learns in War, on what happens to wartime innovations when the war is over and The Shot in the Dark: A History of the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, the first comprehensive overview of a unit that helped the Army adapt to the post 9/11 era of counterinsurgency and global power competition. His writing has appeared in Russian Analytical Digest, Triple Helix, The New Atlantis, Fare Forward, War on the Rocks, and the Texas National Security Review.
Evan is a senior advisor for tech and telecom policy at Lincoln Network. He is a director at Clout Public Affairs, where he advises clients on public affairs strategies. Previously, he served at the Federal Communications Commission as Policy Advisor to Chairman Ajit Pai. Prior to that, he served as Policy Advisor to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. He also founded and hosted the FCC’s official podcast. Before joining the FCC, Evan was Director of Public Affairs at TechFreedom. Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Evan served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly and worked on various political campaigns in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
Ariel is a senior technical advisor for crypto and Web3 at Lincoln Network and co-founder at a stealth startup. Previously, he was the head of engineering at Lincoln Network. Prior to Lincoln, he was a contributing writer at CoinDesk, and a Henry Hazlitt Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education.
Nathan Uldricks is a Senior Advisor for Management Policy to Lincoln Network’s policy team. He is currently Chief of Staff to the Chief Management Officer at DoD. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director for Management, as a Senior Advisor for Finance to U.S. OPM, as a Chief of Staff to the CFO and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor. He has also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Honeywell, and other firms. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Government from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in industrial engineering from Purdue University.
Philip A. Dursey
Philip Dursey is a Senior Advisor for Cyber with Lincoln Network’s Policy Team. He is the Head of Security at a stealth stage security technology startup. He also serves as Security Architect & Advisor at STRATISEC, Managing Director at Keyed Consulting, and Cyber Auxiliarist with the United States Marine Corps. Previously, he worked at AT&T, T-Mobile, E*Trade, and other Fortune 100 firms.
Philip completed his training in Computer Security at Stanford, Systems Engineering at MIT, and IT Systems Analysis at the University of Oxford, where he is currently Technology Director at the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group and is on track to distinction in the MSc in Software and Systems Security program. His areas of focus include cybersecurity and cyber conflict strategy development, active defense and cyber deception, cyber wargaming, and economics of information security.
Spencer Macdonald is a senior advisor for Web3/Cryptocurrency and Government Innovation at Lincoln Network. He is currently an advisor to cryptocurrency startups on product strategy and regulatory compliance.
Previously, Spencer was a US Army Officer and active duty Product Manager at the Army’s Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA). At ECMA, Spencer led the Department of the Army’s enterprise DevSecOps environment, and led the developer tooling infrastructure that powers the Army Software Factory and other government software units. Previous assignments in the Army included service as a Field Artillery Officer in the 1st Cavalry Division, and a rotation to Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. Before joining the Army, Spencer was a product manager at a venture backed Internet of Things startup, Pet Wireless, which was acquired by Nestle Purina.
Chase Reid was a 2021 FAS fellow at Lincoln, and is currently a non-resident policy advisor. He is a student at MIT studying economics, political science, and data science. While at MIT, he has sought to create a more politically engaged environment, leading the Public Affairs Committee of the Undergraduate Association and creating the MIT Political Review—a journal for student voices and political discourse. He most recently served as an undergraduate research assistant to Professor John Gruber, investigating long-term care and social insurance in the United States and abroad.