Advisory Board

Kristian Denny


Kristian is a strategic communications consultant for Maverick Strategies.  She has 23 years of experience in strategic and crisis communications - primarily in politics on the national level and in state and federal government.  Kristian is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia | SIPA’s Executive MPA program.  She teaches on organizational and crisis communications. Kristian is serving as The 'MPOWER Project's media and strategic communications advisor. 

Arie Kruglanski

Professor Kruglanski (PhD, UCLA), Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and a co-founder of START, The National Center of Excellence for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism.  He has published widely in the area of human judgement and decision making, motivation, group processes and the psychology of terrorism.  Dr. Kruglanski has served on many National Academy panels for the study of terrorism and political violence and served as President of the Society for the Study of Motivation.  Professor Kruglanski is serving as The 'MPOWER Project's advisor on radicalization.

Christina Nmer

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Christina Nemr is a consultant to public and private entities on countering violent extremism, focusing on issues including messaging campaigns, the nexus between CVE and development, reintegration and rehabilitation, and the role of women in CVE. She worked at the U.S. Department of State for six years where she was a founding member of the countering violent extremism (CVE) program in the Bureau of Counterterrorism. During her time there, she was responsible for strategy development, program creation, research, and multilateral initiatives where she covered thematic issues including youth engagement, the role of women in CVE, and victims of terrorism.

Michael Tashji


Michael is a multi-disciplined creative director living and working in New York City. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993, where he focussed on graphic design, architecture, sculpture, and film. After moving to New York City in 1994, he worked for several agencies as a designer and art director. In 2000, he founded a boutique design firm serving colleges, museums, and the marketplace. He joined The City University of New York as creative director in 2005. At CUNY, Michael led marketing and communications initiatives for the university and its colleges, centers, and institutes. He currently volunteers for many civic and non-profit institutions, and mentors through the NYC Board of Education.  Michael is serving as Brand Identity Advisor for The ‘MPOWER Project and consults on projects for the Organization as needed.