Network Science Initiative

The Net­work Sci­ence Ini­ti­at­ive is a stake­hold­er map­ping ser­vice that iden­ti­fies key policy in­flu­en­cers and de­cision makers. We identi­fy the chains of in­flu­ence — from the three branches of gov­ern­ment to think tanks, me­dia and aca­demia — and map how they are con­nec­ted.


  • Iden­ti­fies key in­flu­en­tials and how they are con­nec­ted on a new, ex­ist­ing or emer­ging is­sue so lob­by­ists can fo­cus time and ef­fort on few­er, more im­pact­ful meet­ings.
  • Sheds light in­to the ‘black box’ of un­known in­flu­en­cers in the White House and agen­cies to find pro­fes­sion­al staff that are driv­ing policy im­ple­ment­a­tion.
  • De­tects un­known quiet voices, si­lent in­flu­en­cers and strange bed­fel­lows who can bol­ster or hinder policy ob­ject­ives from think tanks, aca­demia and me­dia po­s­i­tions..
  • Cre­ates a baseline of key play­ers likely to be in Wash­ing­ton after the 2016 elec­tions to pri­or­it­ize re­source al­loc­a­tion and max­im­ize time in ad­vance of trans­itions.


To sup­port ex­ec­ut­ive de­cision mak­ing and in­tern­al com­mu­nic­a­tions, the Net­work Sci­ence Ini­ti­at­ive provides the fol­low­ing de­liv­er­ables across the li­fe­cycle of an en­gage­ment:

  • Net­work Maps: Hub-and-spoke graph­ics that il­lus­trate the key stake­hold­ers, their level of in­flu­ence and how they are con­nec­ted to each oth­er.
  • People Pro­files: Di­gest­ible ana­lys­is of each in­flu­en­tial in the map in rank or­der by is­sue – most in­flu­en­tial, in­form­al power, sub­ject-mat­ter ex­pert, quiet voices.
  • Ex­ec­ut­ive Sum­mary and Brief­ings: White-la­bel present­a­tions on find­ings in­ten­ded to be dis­trib­uted to cli­ent stake­hold­ers, on-site brief­ings and present­a­tions.


Luke pre­vi­ously served as Seni­or Dir­ect­or for Coun­terter­ror­ism at the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Coun­cil (NSC), where he was re­spons­ible for ad­vising White House lead­er­ship on coun­terter­ror­ism mat­ters and co-man­aging the NSC’s coun­terter­ror­ism policy and ana­lys­is team. Luke also served in po­s­i­tions at the State De­part­ment, Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget, Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­ab­il­ity Of­fice, and U.S. Forces Afgh­anistan. He was a Pres­id­en­tial Man­age­ment Fel­low and began his ca­reer as a Peace Corps vo­lun­teer in Guatem­ala.


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