Professional Staff

Mr. Pomerantz is the Director of the Homeland Security Program at JINSA which brings high ranking American Law Enforcement Executives to Israel to study best practice counterterrorism methodology. He retired from the FBI in June 1995 after a career spanning

Michael Makovsky since 2013 has been President and CEO of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), a leading Washington, D.C.-based policy and educational organization focused on U.S. defense and national security issues in the Middle East. Makovsky

Jonathan Ruhe is JINSA Director of Foreign Policy. Prior to joining JINSA, he worked at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where he focused on Middle East and Former Soviet Union security issues. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street

Harris Vederman joined JINSA in December 2013 with over a decade of high-level Washington D.C. and national outreach experience. In his role as Vice President of Programs and Outreach, Harris is responsible for forging strong relationships with military persons, program

John Hannah is the Randi & Charles Wax Senior Fellow at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. Hannah served in senior foreign policy positions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, including as former Vice President Dick Cheney’s National Security

Ethan Pupkin is JINSA’s Senior Development Associate, transitioning into this role in June 2018 after previously working as an outreach intern for the organization while completing his academic studies. Prior to joining JINSA, Ethan gained valuable experience as an intern

Simcha G. Lyons is the Founder and Chairman of the John C. Danforth Society. He has been a member of the board of directors of Maiden Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda Reinsurance Co., since June 2007. Mr. Lyons currently serves as Chairman

Blake Johnson is the Communications Director for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America. Johnson has more than 17 years of media and communications experience in Washington, D.C., having worked at think tanks, public affairs firms, and television and

Jake Shapiro serves as JINSA’s Director of Development, bringing a wealth of experience and a proven track record in advancing pro-Israel causes. Originally from Maryland and an alumnus of American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Jake’s expertise in strategic development

Jacob Olidort is Director of Research at JINSA’s Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy. Olidort served in a range of national security roles across the U.S. government, including in the Office of former Vice President Mike Pence and as foreign