Who We Are: Board of Advisors
Former Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Director of Science and Technology (including IQT cofounder)
Joanne Isham, Chair
Joanne Isham is a former Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Director of Science and Technology and subsequently Director of Congressional Affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She retired from the CIA after a distinguished career in 2006. After retirement, she served as a Vice President/Deputy General Manager of Network Systems for BAE Systems, served as the Chief Operating Officer of High Performance Technologies, Inc., and was Senior Vice President for Identity Solutions. Currently, she is the President of Isham Associates, LLC. Isham is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Current Associate Vice President for Federal Relations for the Texas A&M University System Federal Relations Washington D.C. Office
Dr. Diane Hurtado
Dr. Diane Hurtado currently works with The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Federal Relations Washington D.C. Office to maintain relationships with Congressional members and their staffs, and strengthen ties and develop relationships between the campus community and federal research sponsors. Prior to her service at Texas A&M, she held engineering positions at Sandia National Laboratories, Lockheed, and Pratt & Whitney. At Texas A&M, she has served in various roles at Texas A&M starting in 2001 including Director of Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs, Research Initiatives Officer, and as a research engineer. Dr. Hurtado is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Dr. Donald Cook
Dr. Donald L. Cook is a former Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (2010 – 2015) where he was responsible for managing the U.S. nuclear security enterprise consisting of the nuclear weapons laboratories and production plants. He is also a former Managing Director and CEO of the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment. Previously, Dr. Cook supported a variety of functions at the Sandia National Laboratories, including serving as Director of the MESA Program Center, Director of the Pulsed Power Sciences Center, and Program Director for Sandia’s Infrastructure Program and Safeguards and Security Technologies Program. Dr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Former Deputy Director for Legislation and Deputy General Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, and served as ANSER COO
Thomas Benjamin is a former Deputy Director for Legislation and Deputy General Counsel for the CIA, and served 27 years in the Army Reserve (five years on active duty) as an Army lawyer. He was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ANSER, Analytic Services Inc., where he led a team of over 200 analysts providing research and analysis to many elements of the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and other federal and state entities. He was also a key member of the government/private sector team that founded In-Q-Tel, Inc. During his last assignment at the CIA, Mr. Benjamin served concurrently as Director of the In-Q-Tel program and Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Technologies and Programs. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, University of Virginia-Darden School of Business, and University of Notre Dame. He was appointed to the Senior Intelligence Service in 1994, was selected as an Intelligence Fellow, Class of 1995, and was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2005.