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.