Liza Hamilton was the Director of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention and the Director of the Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety within the Health and Medicine Division’s on Board on Global Health with The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). In this role she directed public workshops on topics of global violence and leveraging public-private partnership capacity building for global health. At the National Academies she previously served as Principal Study Director on assessments of the foundational scientific research at the Army, which is currently being disseminated to the Army Futures Command, the Pentagon, and Congress to determine future directions for the Army’s scientific research.
She also worked on laboratory assessments of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, which were use by congress to determine NIST’s progress and funding allocations. She is also a former rape recovery counselor and a community trainer in reflective listening, with coursework equivalent to a minor in clinical psychology. She has volunteered for organizations that advocate for children in slum communities worldwide and has lived and taught in these slum communities.
She has a Master of Public Health from George Washington University, with a specific focus on both the epigenetics of genocide and war trauma and health communication. She also has a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on history, racism, and psychology. She also earned a foundational certification in graphic design from Maryland Institute College of Arts, and has a bachelors in film studies/production from the University of Utah.
As a facilitator and mentor, Eldra actively surrenders to what he calls spirit. This surrender supports an empathetic listening and clarity that engenders trust and depth in participants and enables him to dive directly to the heart of the matter. He served 24 years of a life sentence; the last eight were spent sitting with Inside Circle at New Folsom Prison. Today, he is dedicated to giving inmates and the public what he was given himself.
Jesse Morton was once a prominent radicalizer in the West. As a co-founder and chief propagandist of Revolution Muslim, a New York City-based group active in the 2000s, he helped to insert the narrative of Al-Qaeda and Salafi-jihadist ideology into the American ambit. Morton had direct contact with some of the most prominent extremist preachers in the West. Revolution Muslim was connected to a number of terrorism cases.
Jesse holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and a Master’s in International Relations from Columbia University, with a concentration on the Middle East and nonprofit management. He has lectured at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Sunderland University in Casablanca, Morocco, and is widely read in classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence and historical relations between the United States and Middle Eastern nations. He was included in Foreign Policy Magazine's 2017 'Global Thinkers' listing and is a certified substance abuse and mental health counselor in New York State.
Mimi Anderson Olive is a lifelong personal healer who, as the granddaughter of Rev. Vernon Johns- the predecessor and mentor to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., understands first-hand the power of transformation and hope. Born into a military family, Mimi has experienced life in various countries & cultures thereby learning the importance of personal, racial & societal well-being. During California’s Mindful Living movement, Mimi co-founded & was COO of an angel art gallery & retail store. In addition, she co-founded a non-profit, charitable, performing arts program for children. For 12 years, Mimi served as assistant to a board director at The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). This work enabled her to access her natural talents in connecting people as she coordinated and organized meetings for new research frontiers. Currently, Mimi lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son, where she continues to be devoted to self development and community building.
Brie Anne Schwartz is an employee of The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering (NASEM), which provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. She has been working for NASEM since 2001 and has years of experience with managing paper peer-reviews and research; facilitating technical standing committees; and convening experts through conferences and meetings that help to develop solutions to problems within an expansive array of relevant issues; and various online resources such as social networks, cloud libraries, websites, webinars, etc.
Prior to NASEM, Ms. Schwartz taught at Logos School, an alternative, non-sectarian school for at-risk adolescents exhibiting academic and/or behavioral difficulties in mainstream schools. She managed Living by Design, a holistic alternative healthcare facility for low-income HIV+ individuals. One of her passions is holistic health in-which she has dedicated decades to certifications, exploration, and education in various preventative and restorative healing modalities from different cultures based in health, movement, and nutrition.
Mitch Silber is the executive director of the Community Security Initiative, a partnership between the UJA-Federation of New York (UJA) and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), funded by The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Carolyn and Marc Rowan, and several other foundations, to help secure local Jewish institutions in the New York region. He is a professional global political risk, intelligence and security analyst and the former Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He is a regular commentator on political risk and terrorism related issues for both print and broadcast news outlets.
Following the NYPD, Silber joined K2 Intelligence, a firm founded by Jules Kroll, as an Executive Managing Director. There, he oversaw the Threat Intelligence and Data Analytics practice areas. After three years, Silber joined FTI Consulting and was the founder and head of the Geopolitical Intelligence practice. Silber is a founding partner of the intelligence and security firm, The Guardian Group, with former NYPD Police Commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly.
Mitch is also an executive officer at Parallel Networks, a not-for-profit dedicated to combating hate, hyperpolarization, and extremism that works in conjunction with the CSTR.