Daniel (Dani) Charles is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative. Charles is the CEO and co-founder of Charles Bernard Ventures. Charles has extensive experience advising the U.S. government on the procurement and deployment of critical technology, as well as providing cyber-related training to groups across the intelligence, defense, diplomatic, and federal law enforcement communities. Charles has directly supported U.S. government cyber programs, led teams specializing in cyber investigations, research and analysis, and, on numerous occasions, drafted white papers and memos for senior government audiences focused on how to bring new and innovative technology into the national security fold.
Charles co-teaches a graduate-level cyber 101 workshop at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. He was a 2016 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy, and has spoken publicly on cyber issues in a number of capacities, including as a guest speaker at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Cyber Initiative, and as a panelist at the American Society of Travel Agent’s Premium Business Summit as well as its Global Convention.
Charles received his M.A. from Georgetown University, where he wrote his graduate thesis on the lessons U.S. Cyber Command can learn from U.S. Special Operations Command. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from Emory University.