About BENS

Senior Staff

Chief Operating Officer

Guy 'Tom' Cosentino

Tom oversees the day to day operations while improving outreach to, and strategic dialogue with, senior civilian and uniformed national security leaders...Read More


Chief Administrative Officer

Lisa Jackson

Lisa is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...Read More


Chief Financial Officer

Steve Lowe

Steve has over 40 years of business experience in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations...Read More


Senior Vice President for Membership Strategy & Engagement

Debbie McCarthy

Debbie has served as a Senior Vice President since July 2012, having before served as BENS' Director of National Accounts...Read More


Senior Vice President for Membership

Jennie Moonis

Jennie provides leadership, strategy development and coordination of membership activities at BENS...Read More


Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects

Mara Rudman

Prior to BENS, Mara was the founder and principal of Quorum Strategies, a geopolitical strategic advisory firm...Read More



Policy/Projects Associate

Katie Applebaum

Katie directly supports the Senior Vice President for Policy/Projects and.... READ MORE


Director for the Southeast

Conrad 'Connie' Busch

Connie manages all aspects of member engagement and development in the Southeast Region...READ MORE


Technical Support Specialist

Brandon Cooper

Brandon is responsible for all technological needs, including network administration, database management, and telecommunications...READ MORE


Director for Texas

Matthew Elias

Matthew has been the Texas Regional Director since 2007, having previously served in leadership roles at the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention...READ MORE


Director for D.C. Metro Area

Jennifer Giglio

Jennifer serves as the Director of the Washington, DC Metro Region and has a wealth of nonprofit and government experience in program development...Read More


Membership Manager

Lauren Gray

Before joining BENS 2015, Lauren lived in Nairobi, Kenya where she worked as the Partnerships and Communications Manager for Makit East Africa Ltd...READ MORE




Administrative Coordinator

Terri Greene

As the Administrative Coordinator, Terri is the primary assistant in the IT & Administration Department...READ MORE


Receptionist & Assistant to the CFO

Fran Johnson

An IBM retiree with 30 years of service, Fran serves as the Receptionist/Assistant to the CFO...Read More


Assistant to the CFO

Kelvin Johnson

Kelvin serves as Assistant to the CFO and provides accounting support to the CFO...Read More


Director for California

Katie Kenning

Katie joined BENS in 2010 bringing experience in marketing, customer relationship management and membership development...READ MORE


Director for Policy/Projects

Ahsen Khan

Ahsen is responsible for developing and managing national security-related projects...READ MORE


Deputy Director for the Southeast

Mary Kate Lemmon

Mary Kate joined BENS in 2015 having previously held several roles at Scientific Games International...READ MORE


Director for Publications

Clinton Long

Clinton manages the creative development of all BENS’ publications and marketing materials...Read More


Director for the New York Metro Area

Vickie McGrath

Vickie joined BENS in 2009 bringing experience in membership recruitment and development, business development and relationship management...READ MORE


Executive Assistant to the
President & CEO

Linda Moseley

Linda is the direct point of contact for and manages all aspects of the office of the President and CEO...READ MORE


Director for Membership

Troy Rooney

As Director for Membership, Troy assists in the management and coordination of all membership activities at BENS...READ MORE


Director for National and
International Programs

Sidney Talley

Sidney joined BENS in 2016 following a six-year career as an Army Infantry Officer...READ MORE


Vice President for Policy/Projects

Thomas Tennant

Tom is responsible for developing alternative business perspectives on emerging and evolving threats that would undermine our national security...READ MORE


Director for Chicago

Zachary Weinberg

Zach joined BENS in 2015 after managing engagements at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs...READ MORE


Senior Director for Member Engagement and Strategy

Josh Wellner

Josh is responsible for ensuring effective delivery of BENS member’s preferences with regard to engagement...READ MORE


Director for Strategic Communications

James Whitaker

James oversees all of BENS' internal and external messaging and branding...READ MORE


Director for Policy/Projects

Aaron Woolf

Aaron is responsible for developing and managing national security-related projects.... READ MORE


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BENS National Office | 1030 15th Street NW, Suite 200 East | Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 296-2125 | Fax: (202) 296-2490 | Email: bens@bens.org

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