Leadership Team

Joel Finkelstein

Chief Science Officer and Cofounder

Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton; Fellow at the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Adam Sohn


Adam Sohn is a growth strategist, senior executive and board member for multiple organizations. He is a former Wall Street equities trader, C- level marketing and business development executive, and served in public service in appointed roles at the request of two Governors. Adam’s interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Non-Profits, FinTech, MarTech and Capital Raising companies exemplifies his hunger to learn from others and apply his network and knowledge to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Pamela Paresky

Senior Fellow. Pamela writes for Psychology Today, has taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served as a Senior Scholar at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.

Lee Jussim

Chair of the Psychology Department at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; social psychologist whose work addresses political psychology, stereotypes & prejudice, intolerance, and challenges to the validity and credibility of social science research; over 100 articles and six books published, including, Social Perception and Social Reality, which received the the American Association Publishers Prose Book Award; a founding member of non-profit advocacy group Heterodox Academy

Alex Goldenberg

Lead Intelligence Analyst; Alex is the Lead Intelligence Analyst at the Network Contagion Research Institute, focusing on misinformation, disinformation, online extremism, and the intersection of technology and hate. Alex has an MS in Global Affairs with a concentration in Transnational Security from New York University. His recent research has appeared in NBC News, The Atlantic, The Brookings Institute, NPR, Forbes, Vice News, and other notable media outlets.

Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE

Mike is the principal of Global Insights in Professional Security and a frequent author and presenter on corporate security issues. He was formerly the Chief Global Knowledge & Learning Officer at ASIS International, where he created and ran the Chief Security Officer Roundtable.

Richard Benson

Director of European Operations

Richard has provided leadership and counsel to organizations spanning law enforcement, Government, inter-faith relations and counter terrorism. Richard has been an innovator in community capacity building and the ways in which communities can engage better with each other and was formerly Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust (CST) (https://cst.org.uk/) which is a registered charity in the UK and is the largest community based security organization in the world. Richard was appointed by Lord Bourne Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith at the Ministry for Housing to Chair the Government’s first ever Challenging Hate Crime Support Group. In the June 2017 Queens Birthday Honours, Richard was awarded an OBE for services to the Jewish and Muslim Communities.