Advisory Board

The FBI IAA advisory board is comprised of nationally-recognized intelligence experts who continue their service by shaping public discourse on contemporary intelligence and national security matters. The FBI IAA leverages the advisory board as a sounding board to strengthen its recommendations to the Director of the FBI, as well as provide other strategic guidance. To date, the board is comprised of the following intelligence experts and leading reformers: Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, Dr. Bruce Hoffman. Ms. Maureen Baginski and Dr. Amy Zegart.


Dr. Lowenthal served from 2002 to 2005 as the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production at the Central Intelligence Agency.  His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, has become the gold-standard for college and graduate school textbooks on the subject. Dr. Lowenthal is President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, LLC.






Dr. Hoffman is an expert on terrorism with 30 years of focus on the subject.  Dr. Hoffman was the first holder of the RAND Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency and was a Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2004-2006.  Dr. Hoffman is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Dr. Hoffman’s book on terrorism,

Inside Terrorism, has received critical acclaim. Dr. Hoffman is currently a tenured professor and Director of both the Center for Peace and Security Studies and the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC.



Ms. Baginski was the FBI’s highest-ranking Intelligence Analyst, serving as the FBI’s first and only Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence from 2003 to 2005.  She has held several other senior intelligence positions within the intelligence community, most recently serving on the Obama administration’s transition team focused on intelligence.  Ms. Baginski is Vice President of  Intelligence Serivces/Senior National Sercurity Advisor at Serco, Inc.




Dr. Zegart is an associate professor at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs, a fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center of International Relations, and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Dr. Zegart served on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton Administration, and was featured in The National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform.  She has written two award- winning books about the IC, Flawed by Design and Spying Blind.





All board members bring a wealth of experience to bear upon the FBI IAA’s strategic goals, and are familiar with the challenges facing the FBI analyst cadre.  The FBI IAA will also leverage the advisory board’s professional networks and expertise to expand our outreach efforts to the appropriate external stakeholders in the Executive branch and in the Congress.


FBI IAA leadership anticipates a continued need to focus on FBI intelligence reform to further improve the FBI’s intelligence workforce, strengthen its intelligence program, and continue the FBI’s transformation into an intelligence-led organization

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