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

Rachel Gillum is a Senior Director. Her areas of focus include the MENA region and immigrant integration in the West, specializing in counter violent extremism and public opinion.

Dr. Gillum joined RiceHadleyGates in 2014. She received her doctorate from Stanford University in Political Science, concentrating in international relations and comparative politics. Dr. Gillum continues to work with the Immigration and Integration Policy Lab at Stanford University on developing immigrant integration policy analysis tools, and is also the principal investigator of the Muslim-American National Opinion Survey (MANOS), the basis of her upcoming manuscript on Muslim-American integration. She also serves as an advisor to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

Before joining RHG, Dr. Gillum worked as a researcher at the RAND Corporation’s International Policy Center where she conducted analysis on terrorist recruitment strategies and operations in the Middle East, Africa, and the West. Dr. Gillum has served as a consultant to the Gallup Organization and a research assistant at the Department of Defense’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies.

Dr. Gillum is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. She received a B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.A. from Stanford University.

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.