President and Founder, Eggers Group, Senior Fellow at New America
Heroes, Risk and Adaptability in the Fourth Industrial Age
About the Speaker
Mr. Eggers will cover emerging threats to U.S. interests, how the challenges of the 21st century are quickly outpacing our ability to evolve the 20th century toolbox, and what a 21st century toolbox might look like. He is a retired Navy SEAL who served six years on the National Security Council in both the Bush and Obama Administrations.
Jeffrey Eggers is a senior fellow at New America, a nonpartisan public policy institute “committed to renewing politics, prosperity and purpose in the Digital Age.” He is also adjunct senior fellow with the Rand Corporation, and a former special assistant to the president for national security affairs. He left public service in May 2015 after serving at the White House for six years under two presidents. He is the founder and CEO of a strategic advisory firm specializing in organizational leadership and performance.
Mr. Eggers retired in 2013 from the U.S. Navy, where he had worked as a Navy SEAL in the special operations community. He also served as strategic advisor to General Stanley McChrystal; special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Branch Chief for Combating Terrorism on the Joint Staff, and Director for Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council. His operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.
In 2014 President Obama presented Mr. Eggers with the Samuel Nelson Drew Award for “Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace” for his role in mediating the political crisis following the 2014 Afghan presidential elections.
At the RAND Corporation, Mr. Eggers is an advisor on international security and also advises the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, where he assists with international conflict mediation. He serves on the board of a non-profit organization that cares for the families of veterans killed in action. He holds an M.A. from Oxford University and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.