About our Vice Chairman



Clark Kent Ervin currently serves as Vice Chairman of our Board of Directors. Clark is currently a member of the Litigation, Homeland Security, Defense, and Technology Transfer, and International Law Practices at the prestigious firm of Patton Boggs in Washington D.C. Mr. Ervin provides invaluable counsel to clients across the globe on issues of national security and foreign policy.

Mr. Ervin served in the capacity of Inspector General for three federal agencies during the administration of President George W. Bush. From 2003-2004, he served as the very first Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and from 2001-2002, as Inspector General of the Department of State and, simultaneously, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the global media arm of the U.S. Government. Prior to these appointments, Clark served as Assistant Secretary of State and Deputy Attorney General of the State of Texas during then Governor George W. Bush’s administration.

In 2008, Mr. Ervin served as the co-chairman of then President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition Team for DHS, adding to the experience he gained while previously serving as the DHS Inspector General. He has also been a member of Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2009 working closely with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on critical policy and security matters. From its inception in 2008 to its expiration in September 2011, Mr. Ervin, as an Appointee of then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, served as one of 8 members of the independent, bipartisan Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Ervin’s government experience is complemented by his policy expertise. Since leaving DHS in 2004, he served as Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute and continues to serve the Aspen Institute as a consultant. In this capacity, Mr. Ervin convenes policymakers and thought leaders in homeland security and counterterrorism with a view to helping shape the policy debate. His signature program at the Institute, the annual Aspen Security Forum, brings present and former top-level government officials, industry and thought leaders, nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists, as well as concerned citizens to Aspen each summer to explore various aspects of aviation, maritime, border and mass transit security as well as critical infrastructure protection, cyber-security, intelligence, counterterrorism strategy and more.

Mr. Ervin also founded and serves as the Executive Director of the Aspen Homeland Security Group, a bipartisan group of former government officials and policy experts, co-chaired by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and former U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman, that provides informal advice and counsel to DHS Secretary Napolitano and other national security-related policymakers.

Formerly an on-air analyst and contributor at CNN, Mr. Ervin still appears frequently as a guest commentator on television and radio networks, and is often cited as an expert by major national and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Time and The Economist. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Ervin’s book on homeland security – “Open Target: Where America is Vulnerable to Attack” – was published by the St. Martin’s Press imprint, Palgrave Macmillan, in 2006.

Mr. Ervin earned a B.A. degree cum laude in Government from Harvard in 1980, an M.A. degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University in 1982 as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1985. He is presently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, and the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.