Ms. Aysha Chowdhry
Aysha Chowdhry is a Senior Director. Her areas of focus include the Middle East and South Asia.
Ms. Chowdhry joined RiceHadleyGates in 2013. Before joining RHG, Aysha worked as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee covering South and Central Asia for then Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). At the committee, she covered U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance in South and Central Asia, particularly Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, she was the Special Assistant to the Assistant to the Administrator and Director of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to her time at USAID, she worked as a Research Analyst and Publications Manager for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She started her career working at the World Bank’s Human Development Network.
Ms. Chowdhry received a B.A. with honors from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and member of the Truman National Security Project.
Dr. Rachel Gillum
Dr. Rachel Gillum is a Senior Director based in Silicon Valley where she manages the firm’s clients in the technology space.
Dr. Gillum is also a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab where she is working with a team of international scholars to develop an immigrant integration policy analysis tool. She is the principal investigator of the Muslim-American National Opinion Survey (MANOS), the basis of her forthcoming book with University of Michigan Press, Muslims in a Post-9/11 America: A Survey of Attitudes and Beliefs and Their Implications for U.S. National Security Policy. Her research work appears in the Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, as well as several scholarly publications.
Dr. Gillum also serves as an advisor to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and is a Security Fellow and San Francisco Chapter Director of the Truman National Security Project.
Before joining RHG in 2014, Dr. Gillum worked at the RAND Corporation’s International Policy Center and as a research assistant at the Department of Defense’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. She has previously served as a consultant to the Gallup Organization.
Dr. Gillum received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Stanford University where she studied international relations and comparative politics. She earned her bachelor’s at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Mr. Charles Crimmins
Charles Crimmins is chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and both Senior Director and Legal Counsel at RHG. In addition to supporting Dr. Gates’s work with businesses, boards, long-term strategic planning and overseeing communications, Mr. Crimmins manages client relationships and provides legal advice to the firm.
Mr. Crimmins joined RHG in 2015. Before RHG, he served as Special Assistant to Dr. Gates, the National President of the Boy Scouts of America in Dallas, and as Adjunct Professor of Law and In-House Attorney at the College of William & Mary. His past roles also include researcher with the international law firm of Pikoff, Sztrigler & Soriano based in Mexico City, bilingual elementary school teacher through the Teach For America Program in Houston, intern for Federal Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston, and founding director of William & Mary’s chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
He earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, with a focus on Latin American policy, from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where the faculty honored him as a Benjamin Rush Scholar. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Virginia.
Ms. Rebekah Rein
Rebekah Rein is Director of Operations.
Ms. Rein joined RiceHadleyGates in 2009, and coordinates all operational aspects of the firm. Previously, she served as special assistant to Steve Hadley while he was National Security Advisor, and as research associate in the Office of Special Advisors at the National Security Council. She also served as assistant to the director of Strategic Initiatives at the White House.
Ms. Rein holds a B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College.