Jamal D. Ware is the first-ever National Security Advisor for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) and serves as Senior Advisor to the Chairman and President, Kimberly Reed. In this capacity, he provides counsel to the Chairman on EXIM’s classified matters, foreign affairs, and economic diplomacy. He also directs EXIM’s engagement with the National Security Council (NSC) and the NSC-led policy coordination process. Jamal also works closely with EXIM’s deal team to support opportunities that bolster strategic U.S. interests and partnerships abroad.
Prior to joining EXIM, Jamal served as Senior Advisor and Director of the National Security Team for the House Committee on Homeland Security and as Communications Director for the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He also served as a Subject Matter Expert and consultant for the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI). Before joining ODNI, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where he was the designee for Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), and responsible for SSCI oversight of the entire Defense Intelligence and Security Enterprise and the budget of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he was Senior Advisor to the Committee’s Chairman and Ranking Member Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), and responsible for the budget and oversight of ODNI.
In addition to his Federal service, Jamal has worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the government consulting firm BRTRC Federal Solutions, and the Michigan Legislature.
Jamal is a graduate of Michigan State University’s James Madison College where he earned a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.
Jamal is a member of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies National Security Alumni Network.