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.
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. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal,Palladium, City Journal, The National Interest, and elsewhere. His research has been featured on The Ingraham Angle.
Director of Outreach
Luke Hogg is the Director of Outreach 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.
Jonathon has a pragmatic approach to technology policy informed by his experience as a lawyer and a task force director. Upon graduating law school, Jonathon practiced law for a few years in California, focusing on employment litigation and appeals. After a brief stint trying to launch his own business, Jonathon joined the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he has served as the Director of the Task Force on Communications & Technology and the Task Force on Homeland Security.
Jonathon received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Oak Brook College of Law and his Masters of Arts in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics.
When not talking about policy or politics, you may run into Jonathon cycling, at the gym, or traveling to spend time with his friends.
Robert Bellafiore is Research Manager at Lincoln Network. He was previously an Analyst at Baron Public Affairs and a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Conservative, Modern Age, and elsewhere. He studied economics and philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.
Endless Frontier Fellow
Alex is a native Californian, having grown up in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley. He spent several years in DC after undergrad working at the American Enterprise Institute, the Wilson Center, the Washington PAC, and for the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the State Department. He just graduated with an MPP from the Kennedy School focusing on technology policy and is excited about returning to Washington. He loves hiking, traveling, and his dad’s childhood football team, the Green Bay Packers.
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.
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.
Max Bodach is Operations Manager at Lincoln Network. He was previously a Senior Associate at Keybridge Communications. His writing has appeared in The Lamp, Athwart, and elsewhere. Max holds a dual BA in political economy & government and history from Ave Maria University.
Maggie Tynan is Operations Manager at Lincoln Network. She studied economics at Benedictine College, where she also received an MBA. She was previously a Fellow at the John Jay Institute.
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.
Michael Trussler has been a professional software engineer for almost 22 years. He is currently a senior engineer on Lincoln Network, Studio Team. Throughout his career, he has been an entrepreneur in the education sector, professionally credited game developer, worked internationally in flight simulation, and continues to hone his skill as a web developer and software engineer. He is passionate about both socially important work and large scale optimization problems.
Inês has experience in different design branches such as product design, UX and UI design. She is an expert in designing for human needs also loves to travel with her family and learn more about other cultures.
Affiliated Technologists and Policy Scholars
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Antonio García Martínez
Antonio is a nonresident senior fellow at Lincoln Network focusing on the intersection of technology, media, free speech, and culture. He is the founder of Spindl, a Web3 attribution company. Previously, 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.
To keep up with AGM’s work, subscribe to his SubstackThe Pull Request, and follow him on Twitter.
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).
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
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.
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.
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Satya Thallam is a policy expert and advisor, having served in senior roles in the congressional and executive branches and as an executive at a biotechnology startup.
Most recently, Satya was Vice President of Policy at startup EQRx, a highly funded, venture-backed biotech startup. Previously, he was a senior policy official at the White House, within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, with direct oversight, review, and negotiation of all federal regulatory policymaking across over a dozen cabinet agencies. In this role, he advised the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and fellow senior White House colleagues on regulatory policies and process. His time in government began in the U.S. Senate, at the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where for nearly five years he was the Senate’s point person on regulatory reform, as well as the committee’s expert on areas running the breadth of the committee’s jurisdiction.
Satya has also spent many years in the think tank sector, leading programs primarily related to financial services policy, at both university-based and independent organizations. In this capacity, he authored policy reports, congressional testimonies, op-eds, and presentations, and built new research programs. Satya’s policy career began at the Goldwater Institute, the premier state policy-focused think tank, beginning as an intern and rising to a director-level role leading the organization’s fiscal policy program.
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.
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.
Ryan Khurana is Chief of Staff at WOMBO Studios Inc, a generative AI startup.
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.