About Keynote Speaker Jeremy Bash…
Jeremy Bash is a Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies LLC, a consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. In this role, Bash advises leading multinational companies – including major technology innovators – on national security issues, federal and international sales strategies, regulatory and policy matters, and other issues involving government agencies.
In January 2017, Bash was named a National Security Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears regularly on NBC Nightly News, the TODAY Show, Hardball, the 11th Hour with Brian Williams, and in a range of daytime and primetime programs.
He is the only official to have served as Chief of Staff at both CIA and the Pentagon: first as Chief of Staff to the Director of the CIA (2009-2011) and then as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (2011-2013). As a senior advisor to Leon E. Panetta in both roles, Bash worked on a number of key initiatives, including the creation of a new defense strategy, formation of two defense budgets, the drawdown of two wars, counterterrorism operations, a new cyber strategy, and a range of sensitive intelligence operations. He traveled with Secretary Panetta in this capacity to more than 50 countries. From August 2010 to May 2011, he was a member of the CIA’s senior management team overseeing the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.
At the Pentagon, Bash managed the Office of the Secretary of Defense, an entity with 2,500 employees and a budget of $4 billion.
From 2004-2008, Bash served in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill, including Chief Counsel to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as a senior national security advisor to Congresswoman Jane Harman. In 2008, he acted as a member of the Obama-Biden transition team.
Bash practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focused on litigation, high-profile investigations, and strategic counseling to CEOs of several publicly traded companies.
In 2000, Bash was the Defense and Foreign Policy Director of the Presidential Campaign of Vice President Al Gore. He was a member of Gore’s legal team during the 36-day recount in Florida.
In 2000, he served as an Associate with Fontheim International, one of the preeminent consulting firms advising major corporations on trade policy, business social responsibility, and political risk.
He is a recipient of multiple accolades, including the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, the CIA Director’s Award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Donovan Award from the National Clandestine Service, and the Army Public Service Award. In 2010, Time Magazine named Bash one of the nation’s Top 40 Civic Leaders Under 40.
Bash is a frequent lecturer on the topics of international affairs, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, defense and intelligence, the Middle East, and the policy landscape in Washington.
Bash graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Bash is a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Bash is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Politico.