Principal & Founder, Diligent Innovations

J. Michael Barrett is a noted author and risk and resiliency management expert with an extensive background in national and homeland security strategy and military intelligence, including service as Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council.

Mike has managed projects and conducted briefings for senior military leaders, executives of major international financial institutions, and federal and state legislators. His innovative approach to risk and resiliency combines academic theory with real-world experience to create measurable value. He specializes in

• Market growth and innovation
• Risk and resiliency management
• Strategy development and implementation
• Homeland and national security policy

In the private sector, he has founded two successful risk and resiliency consulting firms servicing the needs of clients as diverse as Mitsubishi Chemicals, The United States Marine Corps, and Deutsche Bank. He also previously served as Senior Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and Lead Intelligence Officer for the Special Operations Division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD).

Mike has been interviewed on television and radio by ABC, The Canadian Broadcast Company, Fox News, FRONTLINE, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Metro News, New York Sun, NPR, and The Washington Post. He also is the co-author of two books on risk and resiliency (including a New York Times Best Seller) and has authored more than a dozen journal and opinion-editorial articles. He is an Occasional Guest Lecturer at Georgetown University, National Defense University, and Joint Special Operations University.

A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Mike received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. from the Australian School of Business in Sydney, Australia. He also graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike also maintains a current Top Secret security clearance.

Mike joined the Inheritance of Hope board in 2014.