Lincoln Team

Policy Team

Garrett Johnson


Garrett Johnson is a co-founder and chairman of the board at Lincoln Network. He also co-founded, 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.

Dan Lips

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. 

Key Publications:

• White Paper: “Why Congress and Federal Agencies Must Improve State and Local Governments’ Cybersecurity Risk Management,” Lincoln Network

• White Paper: “Leveraging the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Nonpartisan Oversight: An Analysis of 21 Years of Annual Performance and Accountability Reports,” Lincoln Network

• White Paper: “A New Strategy for U.S. Public Diplomacy: Using Virtual Education and Incentives to Promote Understanding of American Values,” Lincoln Network

• Testimony: Hearing on “Addressing Emerging Cybersecurity Threats to State and Local Government,” U.S. Senate, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

• Testimony: Hearing on “Challenges to Safely Reopen K-12 Schools,” U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis

Deepesh Chaudhari

Senior Fellow

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.

Lauren Spears

Project Associate

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.

Lars Erik Schönander

Policy Technologist

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.

Key Publications:

• Commentary: “Going Beyond Anglo-American Folkway Analysis,” The American Conservative

• Commentary: “Atlanta And The Future Of American Housing,” The American Conservative

• Commentary: “A Review of Industrial Policy Books,” Lincoln Blog

• Commentary: “The Case for Supporting Open Source Infrastructure,” Lincoln Blog

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Luke Hogg

Policy Manager

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.

Zach Graves

Executive Director

Zach Graves is the 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 joining Lincoln, he was director of the R Street Institute’s technology and innovation policy program, where he remains an associate fellow. Prior to that, he worked at the Cato Institute.

He is currently a visiting 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 part of the Washington Post’s Technology 202 Network. In 2018-2019, he was a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Ash Center.

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.

Key Publications: 

• White Paper: “Understanding the Techlash: Implications for U.S. Innovation Policy,” National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School

• White Paper: “Science, Technology, & Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office,” Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

• Testimony: Hearing on “Modernizing the Congressional Support Agencies to Meet the Needs of an Evolving Congress,” U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

• Commentary: “Rebuilding Congress’ Policy Capacity,” The Federalist Society

• Commentary: “Lincoln’s approach to policy,” Lincoln Blog

Grace Meyer

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.

Antonio García Martínez

Senior Fellow

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 The New York Times best-selling Chaos Monkeys (2016); a Wired columnist; an advisor at Twitter; and a quantitative analyst at Goldman Sachs.

To keep up with AGM’s work, subscribe to his Substack The Pull Request, and follow him on Twitter.

Key Publications:

• Book: “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

• Podcast: “How everything is downstream from technology,” The Realignment

• Podcast: “Corporate cowardice,” Making Sense with Sam Harris

• Commentary: “The man whose software ate the world: Interview with Marc Andreessen,” The Pull Request

• Commentary: “No, data is not the new oil,” Wired

Marshall Kosloff

Media Fellow

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.

Geoffrey Cain

Senior Fellow

Geoffrey Cain is Senior Fellow in the FACET program at Lincoln Network. He is a technologist, author, and foreign correspondent. His most recent book, The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey Into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future, was called “a prescient, alarming work on the overreach of technology and state power” in a Kirkus starred review. His first book, Samsung Rising, was longlisted for the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award.

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.

Policy Advisors & Fellows

Reynold Schweickhardt

Senior Advisor

Reynold Schweickhardt is a Senior Advisor 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.

Key Publications:

• White Paper: “Leveraging Technology to Improve How People Communicate with Their Representatives in Congress,” Lincoln Network

Chase Reid

Policy Advisor

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.

Nathan Uldricks

Senior Advisor

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

Senior Advisor

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

Senior Advisor

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.

Ariel Deschapell

Senior Advisor

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.