Board of Advisors

Our growing Board of Advisors is composed of early career national security experts who contribute invaluable content expertise and generational insights.


Erin connolly

Erin Connolly is a Program Assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and the Fissile Materials Working Group. She works on nuclear security, artificial intelligence, and U.S. nonproliferation policy-related projects, with a special emphasis on youth engagement. Erin, along with Kate Hewitt from the Brookings Institute, started The Manhattan Project: Engaging the Next Generation on Nuclear Policy in order to increase youth awareness of nuclear weapons policy and cultivate the next generation of policymakers.

Erin has written multiple articles and blogs on nuclear policy issues and was recently published in Teen Vogue. Erin received a Bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross in International Studies with a minor in French and a concentration in Peace and Conflict studies. 


kate hewitt

Kate Hewitt is a 2018 N Square Fellow and a security and strategy Research Assistant for a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.. Her research portfolio includes: nuclear weapons, arms control, and emerging technology policy. She holds an M.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Farsi Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow focused on nuclear weapons proliferation theory. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Gonzaga University. Hewitt began her career in nuclear policy at The Brookings Institution as a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow, working on strategies to address proliferation challenges. She previously served in Peace Corps Moldova, and held internships with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D.C. policy office and Energy Northwest. Kate is contributing author for Ink Stick Media and co-manages a national education project to engage high schools students on nuclear weapons policy and issues.


jamie withorne

Jamie Withorne is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where she received her B.A in Political Science focusing on International Relations. Jamie has previously served as an intern at the U.S. Department of State, The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, and The American Enterprise Institute. While at Columbia, Jamie was the Co-Founder and President of Columbia Association for Foreign Affairs. Jamie also conducted research on Nuclear Weapons Modernization policy with the K=1 Project on Nuclear Studies, and on alliances and burden sharing with a PH.D candidate from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. She is also the creator and manager of, a website dedicated to amplifying women's voices in nuclear and security issues. 


elizabeth wright

Elizabeth Wright is the Policy and Programs Coordinator of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). Her work centers on the intersection of national security and technology, specifically examining the ethical and human rights implications of emerging technology. Early in her undergraduate career, she presented research of the Islamic State’s recruitment of women in the 11th Biennial ACS Gender Studies Conference. She later published research on post-9/11 domestic surveillance and U.S. authoritarianization in the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) peer-reviewed journal, Politikon. 

Elizabeth currently serves as an affiliate of Black in AI and an Ambassador of NatSecGirlSquad. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Religion from Southwestern University and is a Masters in Security Policy Studies candidate at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.


Hijab shah

Hijab Shah is a research associate with the International Security Program at CSIS. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a master’s degree in security studies in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in culture and politics in 2011. She was a postgraduate exchange student at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews.