Mission Imperative

Forging a path toward American prosperity and global competitiveness by accelerating bipartisan economic, strategic, and technological policy solutions.

Why "Silverado"?

Silverado's name is a nod to the Silverado Trail, a 29-mile route that passes through the heart of California's Napa Valley. When the trail was constructed in 1852, it created a new path toward prosperity for California's workers and merchants, connecting mineral mines in the northern valley to commercial shipping routes in the south. Today, the trail winds through the heart Napa Valley's wine country, offering a scenic view of world-class vineyards and the valley's magnificent mountains.

Like its namesake, Silverado is forging a new path toward American prosperity in the 21st century—and serving up plenty of wine along the way.

History

At the dawn of the 21st century, the U.S. is embroiled in a new contest for global leadership with its strategic competitors. How did we arrive at this moment in history, and what can the past teach us about America's path into the future?

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Silverado Team

Dmitri Alperovitch

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company. A renowned cybersecurity visionary, business executive, and thought leader on cybersecurity strategy, state tradecraft, and great power competition, Alperovitch has served as special advisor to the Department of Defense and currently serves on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Cyber Safety Review Board. His writing on cyber and foreign policy issues has appeared in major news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs, and he is a regular contributor to national broadcast news programs including PBS Newshour and NBC News. Alperovitch is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies. He has been named as one of Fortune Magazine's “40 Under 40” most influential young people in business and Politico Magazine has featured Alperovitch as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35) and Foreign Policy's Leading Global Thinkers. In 2021, he launched the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies  (SAIS).

Maureen Hinman

Maureen Hinman is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator. Ms. Hinman, a leading policy expert on the intersection of energy, environment, and the economy, most recently served as Director for Environment and Natural Resources at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. At USTR she led a range of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade policy initiatives focused on the environmental goods and services sector as well as natural resource conservation. Ms. Hinman previously served as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s senior industry trade specialist responsible for international policy development and interagency advocacy for the U.S. environmental technology industry. Prior to entering federal service Hinman consulted on regional integration and trade policy implementation at Nathan Associates, a Washington-based economic policy consultancy. Ms. Hinman serves as a policy advisor for the Center for Climate and Trade.

Sarah Stewart

Sarah V. Stewart is the Executive Director of Silverado Policy Accelerator. Ms. Stewart has nearly two decades of experience as an international trade lawyer, trade policy expert, and trade negotiator. Immediately prior to joining Silverado, Ms. Stewart led the public policy efforts at Amazon on U.S. trade policy and export controls matters. From 2013 to 2018, Ms. Stewart worked for the Office of the United States Trade Representative, with her most recent position being the Deputy Assistant USTR for Environment and Natural Resources. During her time at USTR, Ms. Stewart was the lead environment chapter negotiator for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the European Union. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Stewart served in different legal and policy roles at The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, including spearheading a first ever international legal group. Ms. Stewart began her career at the Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart, where she worked on behalf of U.S. manufacturing companies and workers. Ms. Stewart serves as a policy advisor for the Center for Climate and Trade, is a fellow at the National Security Institute, and is on the advisory board of American University's Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law.

Adina Renee Adler

Adina Renee Adler is the Deputy Executive Director of Silverado Policy Accelerator. Ms. Adler is an expert in trade and environmental policy with over twenty years of professional experience in government and the private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Ms. Adler served as the Vice President for Advocacy at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), a trade association that represents over 1,600 for-profit companies in the recycling space. She has over a decade of experience in government, having served as an International Trade Specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce and as the Director for South Asia at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. After leaving the government, she was an International Government Affairs advisor with Shell Oil Company and Alcoa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and holds a master’s degree in International Economics and International Law from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Lauren Stowe

Lauren Stowe Silverado Policy Accelerator General Counsel and Senior Climate Policy Advisor. Starting in 2011, Ms. Stowe worked at the U.S. State Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on environmental policy and economic security issues. Ms. Stowe served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Environment until August 2020, where she led implementation of the Environment Chapters of the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement and USMCA. She was a senior negotiator to the U.S. delegation to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer from 2014 to 2018. Ms. Stowe began her career in international development and public policy, working throughout Latin America and Africa on environmental, social, and economic policy programs. Ms. Stowe received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, her Masters in Public Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law.

Andrew David

Andrew S. David is the Senior Director of Research and Analysis at the Silverado Policy Accelerator. Mr. David has more than fifteen years of experience working on international trade and environmental issues. Prior to joining Silverado, he worked on trade issues at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he managed projects on trade, industry competitiveness, and environmental goods. He has also authored or co-authored numerous papers and reports on advanced technology products, environmental goods, renewable energy equipment, and other topics. Prior to joining the USITC, he was a Next Generation Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research. He also worked at the Cadmus Group and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Duke University and holds master’s degrees from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Asian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

Haley Ryan

Haley Ryan is a Policy Analyst at Silverado Policy Accelerator. Most recently, Ms. Ryan served as Senior Director for Policy under Ambassador Robert Lighthizer at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In this capacity, she managed the development of U.S. trade policy initiatives and negotiations, with a particular focus on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the U.S.-China Phase One Agreement, and the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. Prior to her service in the executive branch, Ms. Ryan worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), a senior member on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees. Ms. Ryan earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Defense and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

Meagan Reid

Meagan Reid is a Junior Economist and Policy Analyst at Silverado Policy Accelerator. While Ms. Reid has focused her academic studies on Civil-Military Relations and Econometric Impact Evaluation, her professional experience includes criminal data analysis, the development of human rights monitoring mechanisms in the extractive industry, and studying disaster preparedness programming for the American Red Cross. Prior to joining Silverado, Ms. Reid earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with concentrations in Development Economics and International Security.

Strategic Council

honorary chairs

General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.)

Partner, KKR and Chairman KKR Global Institute

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull

Australia’s 29th Prime Minister

strategic advisors

Richard H. Ledgett, Jr. (Rick)

CEO, The Ledgett Group

Heather Adkins

Senior Director of Information Security at Google

Michael Allen

Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies

Robert D. Atkinson

Founder and President, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

George David Banks

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

Jeremy Bash

Founder and Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies

Thomas P. Bossert

President, TrinityCyber, Inc.

John Conger

President, Conger Strategies and Solutions, LLC; Director, the Center for Climate and Security

Wendy Cutler

Vice President, the Asia Society Policy Institute

Eliot Cohen

Professor, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Nicholas Consonery

Executive Director, The Eurasia Group

Ivo Daalder

President, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Richard Danzig

Former Secretary of the Navy; Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

John Demers

Former Assistant Attorney General

Mark Galeotti

Principal Director, Mayak Intelligence

Steve Glickman

Founder and CEO, Develop LLC

Robert Ghilduta

President of Nuand LLC

Jason Healey

Senior Research Scholar, Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs

Jamil Jaffer

Founder and Executive Director, the National Security Institute; Vice President, IronNet Cybersecurity

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

University Distinguished Service Professor emeritus and former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Sarah Marie Jordaan

Assistant Professor, the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University

Sean Kanuck

Founder and CEO of EXEDEC

Ken Levinson

Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

Mark Linscott

Senior Advisor, The Asia Group; Senior Fellow, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center

Evan Medeiros

Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Jeanette Manfra

Director for Risk and Compliance, Google Cloud

Keith Mularksi

Managing Director, Ernst & Young LLP

Nazak Nikakhtar

Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Jennifer Prescott

Head Latin America Public Policy, Amazon Web Services

Scott N. Paul

President, the Alliance for American Manufacturing

Rich Powell

Executive Director, ClearPath and ClearPath Action

Katharina Kummer Peiry

Owner and Principal, Kummer EcoConsult

Matthew Rojansky

Director, the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute

Matthew Reisman

Director, International Trade Policy, Microsoft

Catrina Rorke

Senior Vice President for Policy and Research, the Climate Leadership Council

Matthew Spence

Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

Nadia Schadlow

Founder, Scout Strategy Group LLC

Marie O’Neill Sciarrone

Chief Executive Officer, Tribal Tech

Terence P. Stewart

Former Managing Partner, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart

Dr. Jonathan Ward

Founder, Altas Organization

Michael R. Wessel

President, The Wessel Group Incorporated

Amy Zegart

Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Senior Fellow, the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies

Realizing a comprehensive American strategy in the twenty-first century will require creativity and collaboration. Silverado works with a bipartisan group of policymakers, stakeholders, and experts to challenge build support for actionable policy initiatives and ignite a 21c race to the top.