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CENCORE GROUP

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Board of Advisors

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Scott Kindsvater

Scott Kindsvater is a senior global operations and intelligence leader, fighter pilot with 10 combat deployments, and former General Officer in the US Air Force for 32 years with the last 19 years in executive leadership positions and senior consulting.

 

Scott has vast experience in broad international arena, specifically Central and Southwest Asia, North Africa and Europe (NATO). Scott has worked in every country in the Middle East except Yemen.

 

Scott is passionate about leading change, finding solutions and building coalitions and teams. He is a proven mentor, communicator and decision maker driven to realize objectives despite obstacles.

 

Scott is energetic and inspired by team success resolving complex problems.

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Claude Van de Voorde

Adam Fife is founder of CenCore Group. Adam spends his time focused not only on strategy and performance management, but also on organizational structure, culture, talent management, investments and M&A, and shareholder and stakeholder management.

 

As an executive, entrepreneur, investor, organizational consultant, and board member, Adam brings unique perspectives, connections, and experience to the organizations he works with.

 

His track record of working with founders and CEOs as a board director, where he focuses on building better dynamics, processes, and executing core board activities more effectively, is directly correlated to stronger financial performance. 

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Teresa Smetzer

Teresa L. Smetzer is currently an independent consultant supporting initiatives aimed at national security mission innovation. For 30 plus years, Ms. Smetzer has been a trailblazer in enabling the evolution of national security missions.  She has led numerous noteworthy initiatives that have served as hallmarks of intelligence agencies’ programs. During her tenure at the CIA while serving as the Director of Digital Futures in the Directorate of Digital Innovation, she stood up an intelligence outpost for critical partnerships with the private sector to incubate experiments and prototypes to mission hard problems. As a result, the CIA was able to apply technologies to problem sets in a novel and expeditious manner.  Most recently, she served as Salesforce’s Vice President, National Security Programs as a business development executive.

In 2016, Ms. Smetzer returned to CIA to direct Digital Futures after spending 14 years in the private sector as a CEO, business strategist, and investor. In this capacity, she leveraged her expertise from both the public and private sectors to accelerate the identification and adoption of industry leading digital technologies with the goal of modernizing, advancing, and transforming mission. Among the efforts that she supported was one that transformed the analytic community – creating programs that help analysts do their jobs more effectively, cultivating collaboration among analysts by creating mechanisms where they can share in a raw, open, and safe environment. She was awarded both CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal for her CIA service.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Smetzer served 17 years at CIA as a technical analyst and senior manager, participating in and leading multiple transformation-related task forces and programs aimed at modernizing the business of intelligence, including the development of the first Directorate of Intelligence strategic plan.  She conceptualized and led an innovative initiative aimed at aligning fragmented intelligence production processes into a secure, web-based, collaborative, real-time production environment. 

In 2004, Ms. Smetzer served on the White House Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Ms. Smetzer established her own strategic management consulting company, Jasmah Consulting.  After her company was acquired in 2008, Ms. Smetzer held senior executive positions in business development and operations in large and small businesses, served on multiple Boards of Directors, and invested in and mentored multiple emergent technology companies.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison

Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison stepped down from her term as U.S. permanent representative to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, in 2021. During her 3.5 years as permanent representative, she focused on the importance of U.S. leadership in the alliance and strengthening the transatlantic bond that provides the security umbrella for Europe and North America.

 

From 1993-2013, she represented Texas in the U.S. Senate. There, she was elected by her peers to chair the Republican Policy Committee, the fourth-highest leadership position. She was ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and chair of the military construction subcommittee on the Senate Committee on Appropriations. She served two terms as chair of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Significant legislation included reauthorization and reform of NASA with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the Hutchison-Mikulski legislation establishing a new retirement vehicle, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA. As Texas state treasurer, 1991-1993, she proposed limits on state debt the state legislature adopted and lead the successful defeat of a state income tax.

 

Ambassador Hutchison is the author of three books, including the bestseller American Heroines (William Morrow, 2004). The Dallas City Council named the city’s convention center in her honor in 2013. She earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Matt Pottinger

Matt Pottinger served the White House for four years in senior roles on the National Security Council staff, including as deputy national security advisor from 2019 to 2021. In that role, he coordinated the full spectrum of national security policy.

 

Matt previously served as senior director for Asia, where he led the administration’s work on the Indo-Pacific region, in particular its shift on China policy. Pottinger is credited with raising awareness of Chinese Communist Party efforts to spread influence and interfere in various U.S. institutions, including academia, the tech sector and Wall Street.

Before his White House service, Pottinger spent the late 1990s and early 2000s in China as a reporter for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. He then fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Marine during three combat deployments between 2007 and 2010. Following active duty, he founded and led an Asia-focused risk consultancy and ran Asia research at an investment fund in New York.

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Jamieson Greer

Jamieson Greer is a partner in the International Trade team at King & Spalding. His practice covers trade remedies, trade policy and negotiations, trade agreement enforcement, export and import compliance, and CFIUS matters. He has represented clients in trade remedy litigation before the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission and federal courts. He has also assisted clients with advocacy before senior government officials and agencies with jurisdiction over international trade matters.  His clients include manufacturing, technology, energy, pharmaceutical, agriculture, financial and investment services, hospitality, and aerospace and defense companies.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Jamieson was the Chief of Staff to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. He worked very closely with Ambassador Lighthizer and senior White House officials on developing and implementing trade policy and advised the USTR on all aspects of the agency’s mission.

 

Jamieson was also deeply involved in the Administration’s negotiations on the Phase One trade deal with China and participated in numerous strategy sessions with Ambassador Lighthizer, the President and other cabinet members as part of that process. He was a critical part of USTR’s efforts to negotiate and obtain Congressional approval of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Jamieson participated in every major Administration trade action initiated during his three years at USTR.

Before working at USTR, Jamieson spent several years in private practice focusing on trade-related matters, from compliance with U.S. export controls to transactions subject to CFIUS’s approval, trade remedies and antidumping laws.

Jamieson also served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, including a deployment to Iraq. He served as both prosecutor and defense counsel in criminal investigations and courts-martial involving U.S. airmen.

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Julia Nesheiwat

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat served as our nation’s 10th Homeland Security Advisor. A former U.S. Army combat veteran and diplomat, she is an expert on the intersection of energy security, climate resilience, and national security having served in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations.

In December 2020, she was appointed as Commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. As a diplomat, she was the deputy and acting U.S. Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy.  Previously, she also served as Chief of Staff for policy and planning at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and on the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Dr. Nesheiwat was appointed as Florida’s first Chief Resilience Officer and served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council, an international affairs fellow and life member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council. 

 

As a military intelligence officer she served consecutive tours in Afghanistan & Iraq and was awarded the bronze star medal.  She was a visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, lectured at Stanford University and University of California San Diego.

 

She earned a BA from Stetson University, MA from Georgetown University, and PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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