2017-2018 Executive Board


Chanda Brown (’18)
Chanda Brown is a 3L from Upstate, New York. Chanda has her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from Georgetown. Prior to attending HLS, Chanda worked for the Department of Defense. In addition to NSLA, Chanda is on the Lambda Board. In her free time, Chanda likes to sing (she sang in the HLS Parody Production her 2L year), dance (though not very well), and spend time with friends and family.

Tom Ewing (’18)

Thomas Ewing is a 3L from Iowa City, Iowa. While at Harvard, he has worked as a research assistant to Professor Philip Heymann and with the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. Prior to law school, he worked at C4ADS and Sayari Analytics in Washington, DC. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Russian from the University of Iowa.



Executive Vice President

Phil Caruso (’18)

Phil Caruso is a candidate for JD and MBA degrees at Harvard University, where he is a Tillman Scholar. He is a 2017 Pacific Delegate to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ Asia Dialogues program and a member of the Truman National Security Project. He is a U.S. military veteran, graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and former federal criminal investigator.


Vice President (Academics)

Kees Thompson (’19)
Kees is a 2L from San Diego, CA. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy. On campus, Kees also serves as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, a deputy officer of the Federalist Society, and a representative for the Law and Government Program. He spent his 1L summer at the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Commissions, working with prosecutors on the cases out of Guantanamo.

Vice President (Careers)

Chloe Goodwin (’18)

Chloe is a 3L and the co-Careers VP for the NSLA. She is particularly interested in cybersecurity and surveillance. Prior to law school Chloe worked at the Manhattan DA’s Office and Palantir Technologies, and during law school Chloe has worked at the National Security Division of the DOJ, Covington & Burling, and the Berkman Center. Chloe would love to talk to you about national security law resources at HLS, and any ideas you have for future events.

Kendall Howell (’19)

Kendall is a 2L from Keene, Texas. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to attending HLS, Kendall served in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer, and prior to that, worked as a Project Manager for Epic Systems. During his 1L year, Kendall was an Online Contributor for the Journal on Sports and Entertainment law and worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Phillip Heymann, focusing his research on issues relating to counterterrorism and national security. In addition to the NSLA, Kendall is on the Executive Board for the Armed Forces Association.

Vice President (Development)

Hayley Evans (’19)

Hayley is a 2L from Nashville, Tennessee. She is interested in the intersection between international humanitarian and human rights law and national security. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and a minor in anthropology, and has spent time studying and working in Dublin, Ireland. Hayley interned for a summer at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York City, New York, after which she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a litigation paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At HLS, Hayley is on the articles board for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and is an article editor for the Harvard International Law Journal. In addition, Hayley coordinates the HLS Advocates for Human Rights Task Force Against Non-Consensual Pornography and has volunteered at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. This summer, Hayley will work in London at Rights Watch (UK), predominantly conducting legal and policy research across RWUK’s three programs of study—securitization of suspect communities, global warfare, and post conflict justice—with a particular focus on targeted killing.

Vice President (Events)

Casey Connolly (’19)

Casey Connolly is a rising 2L from Albany, NY. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Russian and English, she worked for two years as a litigation paralegal at Jenner & Block LLP in New York City. On campus, Casey is the Deputy Executive Editor for the National Security Journal; an Articles Board Editor for the Journal of Law & Public Policy; and Book Club Chair for the Women’s Law Association. She will spend her 1L summer interning for the Navy JAG Corps in Naples, Italy.

National Security Journal Liaison

Nathan Swire (’19)

Nathan Swire is a 2L at the Law School. He comes to Harvard after four years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, and is excited to apply his studies in the law to problems of National Security. He is also a Deputy Executive Editor on the National Security Journal.



National Security Research Committee

Vacant – Elections forthcoming

1L Representatives

Solange Etessami (’20)

Solange Etessami is a 1L from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a degree Media Studies. Having graduated a year early, she spent some time working in Thessaloniki, Greece at a refugee camp serving as a Farsi translator. On campus, she is involved with the Alliance for Israel and the Harvard Prisoner Legal Assistance Project. She is looking forward to serving as 1L section representative for the NSLA.



Nolan Brickwood (’20)

Nolan is a 1L from Redding, California. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Communications Studies, focusing on the impacts and effects of emerging technology on communication. Before coming to HLS, Nolan worked at Activision Publishing and Hulu. He is also a member of Harvard’s Prison Legal Assistance Project, and of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.



Hilary Hurd (’20)

Hilary Hurd is a 1L from Richmond, Virginia. Prior to law school, she led Transparency International’s global advocacy efforts on defense and security issues and helped created the first US-based office for the organization. A 2013 Marshall Scholar, she pursued an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. She speaks five languages and is avid writer for outlets such as Defense One, the Financial Times, and New America Weekly. 



Daniel Alford (’20)

Daniel Alford is a 1L from Belmont, MA. He graduated from Amherst College in 2014 with a degree in History and focus on human rights. After graduation, Dan worked two years as a litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss, and then a year with the New York Islanders hockey club. He is a member of the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment and speaks Mandarin fluently. 


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