U.S. Department of State

The OSAC Council

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Overseas Security Advisory Council
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State

OSAC Council

The OSAC Council is made up of private-sector representatives from 31 U.S. organizations operating abroad and three public-sector representatives from U.S. government agencies. Council terms typically range between two and six years but may include additional terms in leadership positions. The Council is always chaired by the Department of State’s Director of the Diplomatic Security Service and co-chaired by one of the Council's private sector members. 


Together, these representatives provide guidance on all OSAC programs and initiatives and strategize OSAC's major objectives. This public-private structure ensures a balanced assessment of these priorities.The Council meets quarterly and additionally serves on subcommittees, dedicated to specific projects, such as increasing transparency during the Council recruitment and selection process, and elevating the quality of OSAC webinars. 


Current Council Member Organizations

Private Sector

American Airlines  Cummins   National Basketball Association


Deere & Company



Discovery Communications


Ball Corporation

Facebook Phillips 66 



Rotary International

Brigham Young University


Samaritan’s Purse International Relief

Capital One 

Food for the Hungry

Starbucks Coffee  


International SOS Under Armour
Chemonics International 

Iron Mountain  


Jacobs Engineering Group 

Wildlife Conservation Society


[+1 Currently Unassigned]


Public Sector

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of State

Executive Board

The Executive Board provides leadership and strategic direction to the OSAC Council and its sub-committees.

Public Sector Chair: Carlos Matus, Diplomatic Security Service


Private Sector Chair: Claude Nebel, Cargill


      Christina Johnson, Chemonics International 
      Pete Short, Director, Ball Corporation



Awards & Education

Chair: Landes Holbrook, Brigham Young University 



Billy Baker, Capital One

Dan Mullin, Fiserv

James Smith, AT&T
John Vorhees, USAID

Governance & Standards

Chair: Mark Lowry, Rotary


Buffy Christie, Novelis
Danny Holtsclaw, Wildlife Conservation Society

Joe Olivarez, Jacobs


Operations & Excellence

Chair: Cheryl Steele, Starbucks



Dan Collins, Fluor

Jeffrey Gilbert, Coca-Cola 
Leon Newsome, NBA
John Rendeiro,




Content Review & Development

Chair: Jamie Gough, Samaritan's Purse



Shannon Fariel-Mureithi, Food for the Hungry

Larry Ford, Deere & Company
Patrick Hawk, 
Discovery Communications
Dave Komendat, Boeing

Member Recruitment & Engagement

Chair: Greg Wurm, Anthem 



Fred Bealefeld, Under Amour

Mike Lee, PepsiCo
Ryan Levison, 
Iron Mountain
Gary Tomasulo, American Airlines



Strategic Growth & Partnerships

Chair: Erik Antons, Whirlpool



Jerome Holloway, Commerce

Nick Lovrien, Facebook

Stephen Saflin, Phillips 66
Matt Weilhamer, Cummins

Authority of the Secretary of State

The Council is established under authority of the Secretary of State pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 2656 and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., and its regulations, 41 C.F.R. Part 102-3. The approval of OSAC’s Charter by the Under Secretary for Management constitutes a determination by the Secretary of State that the activities of the Council are determined to be in the public interest and directly related to overseas security functions of the Department of State. For more information on the Federal Advisory Committees (FACA) go to the General Services Administration website at  https://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21242  


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