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Ryan Consaul ‘05
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency,
Homeland Security Committee,
US House of Representatives Ryan Consaul

“My undergraduate experience as a cadet at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) provided me a strong foundation for my future endeavors. However, I knew that to have a firm edge for my career, I would need to take the next step. My VMI mentor and head of the International Studies Department encouraged me to apply to the Patterson School. It was a life changing decision. The program’s small class sizes allowed me to engage my classmates in invigorating discussions on foreign policy and national security affairs. With major world events like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and increased security preparedness in the post-9/11 world, these discussions and Patterson’s real-world curriculum were an immense preparation for my career ahead.

While at Patterson, I obtained an internship with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at its field office in Dayton, Ohio. During this internship, I put what I learned at Patterson into practice. Upon graduation, I was offered a position with GAO at its headquarters in Washington, DC. For seven years, I worked on a variety of engaging topics from reviewing defense acquisition programs to aviation security programs. The resulting reports had a major impact to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these programs including numerous congressional hearings and actual cost savings to the taxpayer.

Then, I was offered a GAO detail to the Committee on Homeland Security for the U.S. House of Representatives. The fast pace, high impact environment was exciting. After a year, I was given the opportunity to stay on as a Subcommittee Staff Director. During this Congress, I’ve been the lead staffer for major legislation to reform the Department of Homeland Security that passed the House, prepared Members of Congress for numerous high profile hearings, and held countless oversight meetings with senior Administration officials.

I was ready to face these challenges because of my Patterson School and VMI education.”Committee on Homeland Security

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Aga Khan Foundation
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American Airlines
Associated Press
Azerbaijan Central Bank
Babcock International
Banco Itaú SA
Bank of America
Bertlesmann Foundation
Blessed Earth
Boeing
Brown-Forman
Catholic Relief Services
Chamber of Commerce
Chemonics International
CIA
Citigroup
CNBC
Conservation International
CSIS
CV Starr
Defense Intelligence Agency
Delta Air Lines
Deutsche Bank AG
Diplomatic Security
Dun & Bradstreet
EADS
Economist Intelligencer Unit
FBI
Fifth Third Bank
General Accountability Office
General Cable
General Electric
Grameen Bank
Hershey
Hitachi
Human Rights Watch
Hyundai
IADB
IDA
JP Morgan Chase
Krispy Kreme
Lexmark International
ManTech International
Mars
Ministry of Economics
Ministry of Finance
Nestlé SA
New America Foundation
NNSA
Northrop Grumman
NSA
ODNI
One Acre Fund
Open Society Foundations
OPIC
Peace Corps
Pew Research
Podesta Group
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Rabobank Group
Raytheon
Royal Bank of Canada
SAIC
STRATFOR
Thomson Reuters
Transparency International
Tysons Foods
UNDP
UNESCO
UNHCR
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United Technologies
UPS
US AID
US Air Force
US CIS
US Department of Commerce
US Department of Defense
US Department of State
US Department of Treasury
US House of Representatives
US Navy
US Senate
Valvoline
White House
World Bank
World Food Program
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