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ARI is run by an experienced team dedicated to AI policy advocacy in the public interest.


Brad Carson

Co-Founder & President

President, University of Tulsa; Former Congressman, Under Secretary of the Army, Acting Under Secretary of Defense


Eric Gastfriend

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Co-Founder & President of DynamiCare Health, a digital health startup with awards from NIH & FDA


Douglass Vijay Calidas

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Former Chief of Staff to Senator Amy Klobuchar; Former Chief Counsel to Senator Joe Manchin


Satya Thallam

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs

Former Chief Economist at Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Former Senior Counselor at the White House Office of Management and Budget



Adam Pastrich

Chief of Staff

Former Director of Public Sector Strategy at Tanium; Former Cyber Policy Advisor at Department of the Treasury; Former Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)




David Robusto

Policy Analyst

Former Emerging Technology Analyst at Gates Ventures; prior internships at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Department of State, and the White House



Kristina Banks

Chief Operating Officer Consultant

Deputy Director of the CANOE Collective


Sanice Arrington

Human Resources Manager

Operations Manager at the CANOE Collective

Board Of Advisors


Brandie Nonnecke

Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley; Associate Research Professor, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy; Host of TecHype


Diane Rinaldo

Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition; Former Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information


Dylan Patel

Chief Analyst, SemiAnalysis


Erik Brynjolfsson

Director, Stanford Digital Economy Lab; Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow, Stanford HAI; Ralph Landau Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research


Richard Burr

Chair, Health Policy Strategic Consulting Practice, DLA Piper; Former U.S. Senator and Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence


Samantha Ravich

Chair, Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; former Vice Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; former Member and Vice-Chair of AI Working Group, Secretary of Energy Advisory Board


Samuel Hammond

Senior Economist at the Foundation for American Innovation


Scott Aaronson

Schlumberger Centennial Chair of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin


Stewart A. Baker

Lawyer, Steptoe LLP; Former General Counsel of the National Security Agency and Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security


Stuart Russell

Professor of Computer Science, Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering, Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI, and Director of the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public, University of California, Berkeley


Our Advisors help to inform our work, but they have no official authority in our decision-making process, and their presence does not imply ARI’s agreement with all of their opinions or supported policies. The ARI leadership team takes responsibility for ARI’s policy positions.