The giStrat team consists of experienced leaders from government, business, and philanthropy
Jerry White
CEO + Founding Partner

Jerry White is a founding partner and CEO of giStrat. He previously served three years as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, launching the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Responsible for strategic planning and partnerships, White introduced advanced analytics and agent-based modeling as a way to develop data-driven strategies for conflict diplomacy.

He also co-founded Landmine Survivors Network, later Survivor Corps, which co-led the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace. White has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an Honorary Degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a Professor at the University of Virginia and co-chairs the board of the nonprofit Global Covenant Partners, an international commitment to stop mass destruction in the name of religion.

Alex O'Donnell
Associate Analyst

Alex O’Donnell is an Associate Analyst at giStrat. He has a Bachelors of Arts from New York University in International Relations with a concentration in the MENA region. His senior thesis was on the impact of military financial aid on information networks, using the ongoing Afghanistan crisis as a case study.

O’Donnell’s other areas of study include American foreign policy, the Palestinian-Israeli Crisis and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy. He has studied at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus and the NYU Berlin campus where he specialized in Emirati Law and EU policy respectively. O’Donnell is analytically proficient on R, State, Tableau, and other key analyst tools. Prior to this position, he worked as a Trademark Analyst for Ladas and Parry LLP, where he reviewed newly filed trademarks and helped to prepare reports to clients on said trademarks. He speaks English natively, is approaching fluency in Italian, and is brushing up on his Arabic language skills.

Jay Hughes

Jay Hughes is an advisor to giStrat. He is the author of Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family, and of Family – The Compact Among Generations, both published by Bloomberg Press and is the co-author with Susan Messenzio and Keith Whitaker of a new book, The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth and Wisdom published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. as well as numerous articles on family governance and wealth preservation and a series of Reflections which can be found on his website.

He was the founder of a law partnership in New York City specializing in the representation of private clients throughout the world and is now retired from the active practice of law. He is a frequent lecturer for and member of the Purposeful Planning Institute. He is also an early member of the Family Firm Institute and has lectured for them at a number of their annual gatherings. He has spoken frequently at numerous international and domestic symposia on the avoidance of the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves proverb and the growth of families’ human, intellectual, social, spiritual and financial capitals toward their families’ flourishing. He is an advisor to the Kai Feng Family Heritage Institute located at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China whose mission is to bring to Chinese families the Globe’s knowledge on how to nurture the growth of great families.

Autumn Trowbridge
Business and Finance Assistant

Autumn Trowbridge is a part-time Business and Finance Assistant at giStrat. She is a student at The George Washington University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics. Outside of class, she volunteers with Reading Partners DC, a non-profit with a mission to improve literacy in the
DVM area. Trowbridge previously worked as an economic research intern at ndp|analytics, contributing to published reports on business innovation and industry analyses.

Lucy Krasker
Partnership Coordinator

Lucy Krasker is a part-time partnership coordinator for giStrat, liaising with researchers in Charlottesville, while pursuing a degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Virginia. She also coordinates with Global Covenant Partners, a network of scholars, civil society and religious actors, committed to preventing and reducing reduce religion-related violence in the Middle East and North Africa.

Krasker recently studied abroad in Siena, Tuscany, and at the London School of Economics. At UVA, she participates in upholding the student-administered Honor System, established in 1842, and is an outreach coordinator for the Tom Tom Founders Festival for Entrepreneurs, sitting on a four-member Innovation Group that enhances the mission of social and tech entrepreneurship.

Ammara Ansari
Research Assistant

Ammara Ansari is graduate of the University of Virginia and Masters candidate at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Her research targets how to bridge the gap between communities of color and their local and state-level politicians. Her research specializes in issues of the spread of religion-related violence across the Middle East and tracking how US foreign policy in South Asia has impacted immigrant communities in Europe and the United States.