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A Next Era in AIRIP Leadership

Posted By Rachel Bode, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Association of International Risk Intelligence is excited to announce that the Board has named a new President and Vice President of the organization.

Ryan Long, Intelligence Manager at McDonald’s will serve as AIRIP’s President. Ryan began his corporate career at McDonald’s in 2011 as the company’s first intelligence analyst where he helped architect and launch the Risk Intelligence function. He currently serves as the Director of Global Risk Intelligence which provides strategic decision support, issue and crisis management expertise, and threat and risk analysis on issues and incidents of potential impact to the organization's people, operations, strategy, and brand. Before arriving at McDonald's, Ryan was an Army intelligence officer focused on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, serving in both active and reserve capacities including multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Ryan currently serves in the Army Reserves where he leads a group focused on analytic support to European counterterrorism efforts. A Veteran advocate, Ryan is the Chair of the McDonald’s Veteran Employee Resource Network and a board member of the Veterans Leadership Council, the nation's premier business network for the current generation of Veterans. He also serves as an associate board member for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Elena Carrington, Intelligence Manager at Square will serve as AIRIP’s Vice President. Elena Carrington manages the travel security and geopolitical intelligence portfolio for Square, a mobile payments company based in San Francisco.  Prior to this role, Elena provided strategic and tactical analysis during tenures with United Airlines, the U.S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and the International Monetary Fund. She has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in international affairs. 

AIRIP has also added three new board members, and Rachel Bode – President of AIRIP from 2015 to 2017 – will also roll onto the board to continue her role in leadership. Joining Rachel and the current board members are:

John Goldener: John Goldener is Director of Client Engagement for Crumpton Group, LLC, where he leads efforts to design intelligence-led engagements for private sector Clients in international markets. He was previously Director of Research and Analysis for the company, where he ran a team of analysts and global collectors that produced comprehensive, customized assessments and intelligence services, created in-house and embedded intelligence programs, and designed training and tradecraft curricula for analysts.

Marissa Michel: Marissa serves as the US Territory Crisis Lead for PwC's Global Crisis Center – a global virtual hub of excellence for all aspects of risk and crisis response; a team of crisis experts who access and convene the best skills, experience and knowledge from across our worldwide network of member firms in 157 countries to help organizations prepare for, respond to, and recover from the crises they face. She operates within PwC's Forensics Services/Strategic Threat Management Group, where she is also the operations director, and this vantage point gives her a view across the firm's broad capabilities that can be brought to bear on their clients in crisis.

DeNeige Watson: DeNeige (Denny) Watson spent most of her career as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Denny has been the Executive Director of the RiskDesk at RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange) since February 2015 where she leads a team of analysts who provide integrated global risk analysis and services to clients. Denny also is currently an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where she teaches a course in critical thinking in analysis, as well as George Washington University where she taught a course in data analysis and cyber security.

The board is excited for this next chapter in growth for the organization. Ryan and Elena have many ideas for events, member engagement, opportunities for members to serve on potential committees and more. Please join us in welcoming them!

AIRIP’s entire leadership team can be found on our website at

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