Jaffer Brings Decades of Experience Advising Federal Government and Private Industry on Security Issues
Paladin’s Unparalleled Strategic Advisory Board Central to Its Value Proposition
Washington, D.C. – Paladin Capital Group, a cyber and advanced technologies investor, is pleased to announce that Jamil N. Jaffer has been appointed as a Venture Partner. In this role, Jaffer will advise Paladin on its investments across the full range of the firm’s themes and theses.
“I am thrilled to welcome Jamil Jaffer as a Venture Partner and as an Advisor to our esteemed Strategic Advisory Group,” said Michael Steed, Founder and Managing Partner of Paladin Capital Group. “Adding Jamil to our cohort of cyber and national security experts furthers Paladin’s information advantage as we identify and invest in digital solutions of absolute need for both commercial and government customers. Our investment team and portfolio companies will be greatly enriched by the deep expertise and insights he brings to the table.”
Jaffer brings deep background in national security to Paladin and has served in a number of senior roles in the federal government, including as Associate Counsel to the President in the Bush White House, on the leadership teams of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a senior staff member of the House Intelligence Committee. In these roles, among other things, he led the drafting of the nation’s first cyber threat intelligence sharing legislation, led Justice Department’s work on the President’s Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, and advised the National Security Agency and the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare on cyber intelligence collection and offensive cyber activities.
“I am looking forward to working alongside the team at Paladin and the exciting companies in which they invest to assess and advise on technologies to build cyber resilience and protect critical infrastructure,” said Jaffer. “For over two decades, Paladin has demonstrated the unique value of integrating technological, financial, and security expertise to foster innovation across their companies, and I look forward to helping build on their track record of success.”
Today, Jaffer serves on the board of directors of Tozny, a digital identity startup; on the advisory boards of U.S. Strategic Metals, and Constella Intelligence; as an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, Duco, and Amber; and is the managing director of Falcon Eclipse Ventures. Jamil is also the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute at George Mason University Law School, is affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and serves on a variety of other nonprofit and advisory boards.
Jaffer is an honors graduate of UCLA, the University of Chicago Law School, and the United States Naval War College, and previously served as a law clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He also previously served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, as an outside advisor to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and taught classes at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the National Intelligence University.
About Paladin Capital Group
Paladin Capital Group was founded in 2001 and has offices in Washington DC, New York, London, Luxembourg, and Silicon Valley. As a multi-stage investor, Paladin’s core strength is identifying, supporting and investing in innovative companies that develop promising, early-stage technologies to address the critical cyber and advanced technological needs of both commercial and government customers. Combining proven investment experience with deep expertise in global security, cyber technology and cutting-edge research, Paladin has invested in more than 60 companies since 2008 and has been a trusted partner to investors, entrepreneurs and governments for over two decades.
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