PARTNERS

MARK SULLIVAN

PARTNER

Mark Sullivan is a Co-Founder of GSIS. Prior to entering private life, Mr. Sullivan was the Director of the United States Secret Service (USSS) and served in a variety of leadership roles as a Special Agent in the organization for nearly 30 years. As an effective and strategic chief executive, Mr. Sullivan led high impact initiatives in criminal investigations and protective operations, strategic planning, risk management, human capital management, technology deployment, and budget development and execution. As Director, he managed 7,000 Special Agents, Uniformed Division Officers, and Administrative, Professional and Technical staff members and oversaw an annual budget of nearly $1.7 billion.     More>>

NOAH KROLOFF

PARTNER

Noah Kroloff is a Co-Founder of GSIS. Prior to founding GSIS, he was the Chief of Staff of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that capacity, he oversaw 240,000 federal employees, a $60 billion budget and 22 federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Citizenship and Immigrations Services (CIS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Secret Service (USSS), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).    More>>

DENNIS K. BURKE

PARTNER

Dennis K. Burke is a Co-Founder of GSIS. He has over 20 years of public service at both the Federal and State levels. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona where he oversaw all federal prosecutions in Arizona for one of the largest United States Attorney offices in the country.    More>>

DAVID AGUILAR

PARTNER

Commissioner David V. Aguilar is a Partner at GSIS. Mr. Aguilar was appointed Acting Commissioner of U. S. Customs and Border Protection on December 30, 2011. As Commissioner Mr. Aguilar led the United States government’s largest law enforcement organization with a workforce of 60,000, including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers.    More>>

JOHN KAITES

PARTNER

John Kaites has broad expertise and experience in both the public and private sectors and owns numerous profitable companies, including Public Policy Partners, Avant Strategies, Business 2 Government, Procurement Partners and P3, LLC.

He is also a partner in the law firm of Ridenour, Hienton, and Lewis in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Kaites is a former Arizona state senator and state representative.    More>>

JERRY REINSDORF

PARTNER

Jerry Reinsdorf is a successful, established businessman with a wide breadth of experience in the fields of law, accounting, real estate, and, most famously, sports. He assumed ownership of the Chicago White Sox in 1981 and the Chicago Bulls in 1985. During that time the teams have delivered seven World Championship titles to the city of Chicago and its sports fans. The Bulls captured six World Championships (1991-93, 1996-98) and the White Sox won the World Series in 2005. Both sports franchises have donated millions of dollars to causes in the Chicago community through a variety of efforts, including CharitaBulls and White Sox Charities.    More>>

PAUL BENDA

PARTNER AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Paul Benda is a Partner and Chief Technology Officer at GSIS. He has held numerous positions in the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. He formerly worked in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security as Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency and Senior Counselor to the Undersecretary of Science and Technology. In these roles he oversaw and executed SAFETY Act applications and approvals, enabling security capabilities at prominent and nationally significant venues, including sports stadiums, airports, ports, commercial facilities and urban transportation centers. Mr. Benda also established research agendas and budget priorities for new technologies and capabilities for DHS.    More>>

SAMAR ALI

SENIOR ADVISOR

Samar Ali is a Senior Advisor to GSIS and brings a wealth of international relations experience to the firm.  She supports clients with international engagement, development and market entry.  Previously, Samar served as the Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s Administration in the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).  In this position, she was tasked with managing Tennessee’s global relations through the establishment of the ECD’s International Division; creating a five year International Strategy Plan for job growth targeting small- and medium- size enterprises; working with Tennessee entrepreneurs to expand their access to global opportunities; and opening and managing investment recruitment and export development offices in key locations around the world.    More>>

ASSOCIATES

LAINEY LA FORGE

POLICY ANALYST

Lainey La Forge is a Policy Analyst at GSIS.  She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California where she received a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Communications. While there, she was the recipient of the Gael Scholarship, and her research focused on global narcoterror, gang violence, and prison systems. Lainey also attended the University of Cape Town where she studied African politics and religion.  While in Africa, she worked with PASSOP, a human rights organization centered on humanitarian relief and refugee assistance.    More>>

TOMMY MCKONE

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Tommy McKone is serving as a Senior Associate at GSIS where he is responsible for assisting clients with research, policy development and crisis communications. Tommy is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a B. A. in Political Science. While in college, Tommy spent his summers working for Speaker John Boehner, Chairman Fred Upton, Chairman Pete Sessions as well as volunteering for John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign.     More>>

MARIA SAADAT

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Maria Saadat is a Senior Associate at GSIS where she assists clients with regulatory compliance, policy coordination and media affairs. She graduated from the American University in Washington, DC, with a BA in Economics.     More>>