Michael G. Masters is the National Director and CEO of the Secure Community Network, the homeland security and safety organization of the organized Jewish community of North America, working under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of North America and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Prior to joining the Secure Community Network as National Director and CEO, Mr. Masters served as the Senior Vice President of The Soufan Group, a strategic advisory firm that assists organizations in the public and private sectors address emergent threats and as the CEO of CivicScape, an advanced analytics company that provides risk assessments to public and private sector entities.
Mr. Masters previously served as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois, coordinating and maintaining the homeland security and emergency management system across the second largest Urban Area in the United States, as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department and as an assistant to former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Mr. Masters serves on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Foreign Fighter Task Force, the Faith Based Security and Communications Committee and supported the Department’s Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee as well as served as the Vice-Chair of the Grants Review Task Force. He previously served on the Executive Board of the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force.
A Truman and a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar, Mr. Masters received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor for the Harvard International Law Journal.
Mr. Masters serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, Illinois, on the Council of The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and as the President of The Soufan Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing global security issues.
Mr. Masters has held faculty appointments at both the John Marshall School of Law and at Northeastern University.
Certified as a peace officer and a Special Weapons and Tactics operator, Mr. Masters continues to serve his community as a part-time police officer. Mr. Masters received an officer’s commission in the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Captain.