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NSN Announces Allison McGuire to Direct New Congressional Program

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Press Release 27 October 2011

National Security Network


Today, the National Security Network announced Allison McGuire as its "Next Generation" Congressional Program Director.  McGuire will spearhead the newly-created congressional program, syncing up the security and foreign policy expertise of NSN and the broader policy community with the real-time needs of congressional staff and Members of Congress.              

"Congress faces complex national security questions, like how to balance America's 21st-century strategic interests with fiscal realities, re-balance military and civilian leadership and apply American values and proven systems to fight terrorism effectively," says Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.), NSN senior adviser. "With her energy and experience, Allison will ensure support to our legislators and their staffs so they have the very best policy resources as they seek to answer these difficult questions."

"Allison's congressional, human and civil rights, and international experience will keep NSN at the forefront of connecting thought leaders from Capitol Hill to Main Street to the most principled, pragmatic and talented foreign policy thinking," adds NSN Executive Director Heather Hurlburt.

With support from the Colombe Foundation, the "Next Generation" congressional program will work with staff and Members of Congress to strengthen national security policymaking through education, research, and messaging guidance.  The program will operate in tandem with NSN's national outreach program connecting national security experts and Washington policymakers with advocates and partners across the United States.


Biography: Allison McGuire is a practiced educator and advocate with demonstrated congressional, human and civil rights, and international experience. Prior to joining NSN, she was the National Security & Human Right Program Director at, serving as a conduit between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and outside allies, convening briefings and hearings, and moderating panels. Previously, she served as the Senior Democratic Fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission under the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, worked in UK Member of Parliament Karen Buck's office, and canvassed for MassEquality. She is a Truman National Security Project Partner and Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow.