Akri Cipa, Chief Operating Officer

A passionate leader with experience in international relations, strategic communications, and diplomacy, Cipa supervises the organization’s day-to-day workflow, and helps with the coordination of special programs, including the International Conference of Mayors in Israel, American Jewish Congress’ flagship event.

Cipa has worked as a researcher, communications adviser, and foreign policy consultant, focusing especially on international conflicts, transatlantic cooperation, and security issues. He has published analyses and articles in The National Interest, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Euractiv, Balkan Insight, the Brussels Times, and more.

A native of Albania, Cipa holds a Master of Science degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University in the City of New York. He completed his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at the American University in Bulgaria. He has published two poetry books and one nonfiction.

Susan Nelson, Director of Advisory Board Operations

Susan advances the Advisory Board to Counter Domestic Terrorism and White Supremacy’s efforts to combat white supremacy by examining government policies, and identifying cultural and technological accelerants for domestic extremism.
She coordinates with Advisory Board members to craft actionable strategies, develop recommendations, and be publicly active in the debate over how best to mitigate the spread of white supremacist ideology and to counter domestic terrorism. Susan is also the Associate Director of Global Communications at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she leads on strengthening engagement with media and strategic partners on matters relating to U.S. foreign policy, international relations, national security, and human rights.
She previously worked at an international strategic consultancy specializing in public affairs, public diplomacy, and strategic communications for government, think tank, and non-profit clients. She holds a Joint Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom and the College of William and Mary.