Jeff was formerly a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, with six years of White House experience, principally in foreign policy, counterterrorism, South Asia, and the war in Afghanistan.
He retired from the US Navy in 2013, after serving over 20 years as a combat veteran Navy SEAL. Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.
Jeff is a senior fellow at New America, where he explores the behavioral science of policy decision-making. He is also a member of the NationSwell Council, a forum for advancing innovative solutions to America’s most pressing challenges, and he serves on the board of a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of veterans killed in action.
Jeff received a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.