Michael G. Masters is of counsel to The Soufan Group and serves as President of The Soufan Center. He is National Director of the Secure Community Network, the national homeland security initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
He served as the CEO of CivicScape, an advanced analytics company that provides risk assessments to public and private sector entities and as the Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County, Illinois, the second largest urban area in the United States, serving 5.4 million people over 940 square miles. Under his leadership, the department developed into a nationally recognized best practice agency, with federally funded training and exercise programs reaching over 9,200 first responders annually. This included efforts to counter violent extremism, address active threat scenarios, protect critical infrastructure and communal spaces such as schools and houses of worship, and train residents in resiliency. Michael also implemented one of the largest cyber security programs of any local government in the United States.
He served on the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Foreign Fighter Task Force and on the Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee. He supported the Department’s Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee, was Vice Chair of the Grants Review Task Force, and served on the Executive Board of the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department, during which time it saw twenty-six months of continuous crime reduction and the lowest homicide rate in the prior forty-five years.
Under Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Michael served as assistant for public safety, overseeing policy and operations and acting as liaison to the police and fire departments and the Office of Emergency Management & Communications.
In Washington, DC, Michael worked with the Partnership for Public Service and the United States Attorney’s Office. He received his BA in History with highest honors from the University of Michigan and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He was both a Truman and a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholar. A Heyman Fellow and Dean’s Award recipient for community leadership, he received his JD at Harvard Law School, serving as managing editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Michael has held faculty appointments at John Marshall Law School and Northeastern University. Certified as a peace officer and SWAT operator, he works part-time as a police officer. Michael received an officer’s commission in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of captain.
Our Leadership Team
- Ali SoufanChairman & CEO
- Michael MastersOf Counsel
- Martin ReardonSenior Vice President
- Jeffrey RingelDirector of Operations
- Philip CowdellPresident - Consulting Division
- Susan SimVice President - Asia
- Andre KhouryVice President - Strategic Partnerships
- Mollie SaltskogIntelligence Analyst
- Richard BarrettSenior Advisor
- Jason BlazakisSenior Advisor