Who We Are

Shawn VanDiver

Shawn VanDiver is the founder of #AfghanEvac and works with government leaders at all levels throughout California to identify innovative solutions to long-term civic challenges. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Convention Center in 2021, and is the founder of the San Diego Chapter of the Truman National Security Project. Additionally, he serves as Executive Director of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum’s San Diego Chapter and on the Boards of Directors for Emerge California, Veterans Community Connections, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

He attended National University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and University of San Francisco and holds degrees and certifications related to homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management, and public leadership. Shawn is a Navy veteran, proud father and avid sailor.

March Bishop

March Bishop designs and implements strategies to stabilize the performance of businesses and business units following significant market and internal disruptions. Previously, she ran Marketing Communications & Public Relations for Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, collaborated with donor clients to design and expand private sector investment in sub-Saharan Africa and co-managed a team on a large Department of Defense contract. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. March is on the Board of Trustees of a PK-12 school and mentors under-represented MBA candidates on the admissions process and their applications.

Mostafa "Moose" Noorzay

Moose helps organizations implement strategies to optimize the workforce experience and drive organizational performance. He helps align people strategy with business strategy. Moose is an Afghan American who immigrated to the United States during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and is very familiar with the culture, issues, and humanitarian challenges that the people of Afghanistan are facing today. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Economics and is a father of three and snowboarder and enjoys surfing in his spare time.

Pegah Parsi

Pegah is the inaugural campus privacy officer at UC San Diego. She manages a complex portfolio of privacy initiatives related to employees, students, applicants, alumni, and research participants and provides guidance on privacy laws and regulations, such as the GDPR, FERPA, HIPAA, California privacy laws, and research privacy/Common Rule. Prior to San Diego, Pegah was a privacy manager at Stanford University. She is an attorney and holds an MBA. In her spare time, she advises clients on immigration and asylum matters and serves with the UC San Diego Veterans Staff Association. She is an Army Veteran, who, among other things, was the Honor Grad of Truck Driver school. She joined the Army as soon as she became a US Citizen in high school and served from 1999 through 2006. She started her Army career as a crane operator in the Reserves but spent most of her time as a Chemical Operations Specialist until she was reclassed as a Truck Driver.

Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey R. Wells is a cybersecurity professional responsible for keeping organizations safe and protecting the privacy of employees around the world. He has over 25 years of experience leading cybersecurity engagements by leveraging existing infrastructure and talent, establishing effective cyber resilience strategies, commercializing cybersecurity technologies and ideas, and responding to immediate incidents and emerging cyber threats. He has led joint inter-agency US Government task forces and has advised and consulted with cyber startups, venture, private equity, and angel investment organizations.

Jeffrey founded the Connected Warrior Foundation, and served on the Boards of The Friends of the Light House Shelter, Candle of Light, Valhalla Sailing Project, and A Fair Shake for Youth. He is a dedicated supporter of the Travis Manion Foundation, The Navy Seal Foundation, 31 Heroes Project, and the Special Operations Command Warrior Care Coalition.

He is a graduate of Colorado State University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has certificates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, London School of Economics, Tel Aviv University, Oxford University, George Washington University School of Business, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Joe Goulet

Joe Goulet is a software engineer working in the defense sector specializing in machine learning, whose work has been utilized at the highest levels of government and has had an impact on an international scale. Over the past few years, he has designed and built applications and algorithms to forecast violent extremist activity in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, detect disinformation and bot activity on social networks, and identify/track at-risk Indian migrant workers. During the non-combatant evacuation operation in Kabul, he partnered with fellow veterans to build a network to help facilitate the rescue of dozens of families through Hamid-Karzai International Airport, and continues to advocate for those that have been left behind. Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Computer Science. He is a U.S. Marine veteran, a father of two, and enjoys spending time with his family and playing rugby as a flanker with his local club.

Tripp Adams

Tripp Adams is the CEO of JustLight, pbc, a B-corp whose mission is to use light to create new standards of health. He has 20 years of leadership and operations experience, specializing in organizations in change. Prior to JustLight, he was the COO of Emagine Movie Theaters, a strategy consultant with Deloitte, and a corporate attorney with Reed Smith, LLP. Tripp has 25 years of active and reserve service in the US Navy and US Army. He has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. in Economics from Old Dominion University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ambassador Philip Kosnett

Philip Kosnett (U.S. Ambassador, Ret.) recently transitioned from a 38-year State Department career focused on international security cooperation, political-military affairs, and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. His service abroad spanned postings in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and three years as Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo. A graduate of Harvard, Kosnett works now as a consultant, writer, and game designer. His wife Alison Kosnett, a specialist in international development and governance with extensive service in Afghanistan, is heavily involved in refugee resettlement. The Kosnetts share their home with rescue dogs from Uzbekistan and Kosovo.

Jessica Bradley Rushing - Congressional POC

Jessica Bradley Rushing is a veterans caseworker and district representative in the Office of Congressman Bill Keating (MA09). She is an elected municipal official, serving as the Chairwoman of the Select Board in her hometown in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jessica is a graduate of EmergeAmerica and a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. Jessica has a BS in Communication from Boston University and is currently working toward a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy. She is an Army veteran and a mother of four.

Jenna Jaffe - Congressional POC

Jenna Jaffe is an NYC-based immigration advocate. She is the Immigration Specialist in the New York District Office of Congressman Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. For the past five years she has been helping immigrants and their families navigate the immigration system by leveraging relationships with federal agencies. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a BA in Political Science in 2014 and is an alumnus of the Coro NY Immigrant Civic Leadership Program, sponsored in partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition. She is first-generation American and a descendant of refugees.