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Board of Directors / Fellows / Staff

The core staff includes research scholars, former government personnel and other experts in the counter-terrorism field.

Michelle Cantos

Staff Assistant

Ms. Cantos is a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs studying security policy with a focus on cybersecurity. Currently she is the cybersecurity intern for the American Foreign Policy Council where she examines congressional technology initiatives. Prior to graduate school, she worked in Washington as an intern for Senator Charles Schumer, and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. She graduated Vassar College where she helped established the second oldest quidditch team in the United States.

Peggi Gross

Executive Director

Ms. Gross received her B.A. and J.D. from UCLA and did advanced graduate work at Oxford.  Currently she oversees administrative and financial operations for CAST.

Tanvi Mirani

Staff Assistant

Ms. Mirani received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and is a graduate student at Columbia Law School.  She is currently conducting cybersecurity research for CAST.

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