2019-2020 Executive Board


Hilary Hurd (’20)

Hilary Hurd is a 3L from the Virginia mountains and been actively involved in NSLA since her 1L year. While in law school, she worked at the Department of the Treasury in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) as well as WilmerHale. Prior to law school, she led Transparency International’s global advocacy efforts on defense and security issues — helping to start the first US-based office for the program — and completed two masters degrees on a Marshall scholarship. Conversant in five languages, she writes frequently for Lawfare, Defense One, the Financial Times, and New America Weekly. She looks forward to fostering debate on national security law at HLS this year! 


Matt Morris (’21) 

Matt is a 2L from Atlanta, GA. On campus, Matt is an editor for the Harvard Law Review and the Harvard International Law Journal and a research assistant for Professor Glenn Cohen. He is also an ACS member. Last summer, Matt interned at the Department of the Treasury in the Chief Counsel’s Office for OFAC, where he worked on legal issues related to U.S. trade and economic sanctions. Prior to law school, he worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and private equity at Thomas H. Lee Partners. He holds a BSFS in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.




Executive Vice President

Annie Kapnick (’21) 

Annie Kapnick is a 2L from Manhattan, NY.  On campus, she also serves as an editor for the National Security Journal and works as a student attorney in the Attorney General Clinic. This past summer, she interned in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, VA. Annie graduated from Stanford University in 2015, with a B.S. in Management, Science & Engineering and Honors from the Center for International Security and Cooperation.


Vice President (Academics)

Masha Simonova (’20)  

Masha Simonova is a 3L who was born in Moscow, Russia, but considers New York, NY home. On campus, Masha is the Executive Editor for the National Security Journal and Symposium Chair for the Journal on Legislation.  During law school, she has worked for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.  Prior to law school, Masha worked at a cyber security and computer forensics consulting firm, and for a law journal publishing scholarship on cyber warfare. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She looks forward to continuing to broaden academic opportunities for students interested in national security this year.

Samantha Fry (’20) 

Samantha Fry

Samantha Fry is a 3L from Chicago. She is excited to become more involved in the NSLA community this year! At HLS, she is also the Deputy Executive Editor for the National Security Journal. During law school, she has interned at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, E.D.N.Y. in the Organized Crime & Gangs Section. Prior to law school, she worked as a litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss. She holds a B.A. in history from Yale University. 


Vice President (Careers)

Jacques Singer-Emery (’20) 

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Jacques Singer-Emery is a 3L from New York, NY. On campus, Jacques is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the National Security Journal and a research assistant for Professor Philip Heymann, Professor Gabriella Blum, and Professor Jack Goldsmith. During law school, he has worked at the Eastern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Office, and at Cahill Gordon LLP. Prior to law School Jacques spent four years in the New York City Police Department first as a policy advisor to the Police Commissioner and then as a case analyst of the Intelligence Bureau. Jacques graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a Magna Cum Laude in Political Science.

Vice President (Development)

Connor Veneski (’21) 

Connor Veneski is the Vice President of Development for Harvard NSLA. He is from Yuma, Arizona and worked as a private contractor for the U.S. Army before coming to HLS. Besides his work as a contractor, he did not have much familiarity with the national security sphere prior to coming to HLS.  However, he has loved exploring the profession and learning about the kinds of careers that you can expect to work within it. His time with NSLA led him to pursue this position to widen the reach of national security here at Harvard and possibly open up new routes for people who may not ordinarily consider national security as an option. He hopes to reach new people and have fun while doing so. Welcome to NSLA!

Vice President (Events)

Kate Peiffer (’20) 

Kate Peiffer is a 3L originally from Vancouver, Canada with a B.A. in International Relations and German from the University of British Columbia. She is on the Articles Selection Committee of the Journal of Law and Gender and was previously a board member on the Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review. While at law school, she has worked at the World Food Programme in Rome, and at Cleary Gottlieb in New York and Paris. Prior to law school, Kate studied and worked in Europe for six years, most recently in the education and youth development space at a non-profit and start-up in Baden-Württemburg, Germany.

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