Chief of Staff, Vice President
Expertise: Geneva Conventions, Guantanamo, national security
Ken Gude is the Chief of Staff and Vice President at American Progress, where he works closely with CAP President Neera Tanden to communicate strategic decisions and coordinate policy development. Ken also leads several of the organization’s policy initiatives and projects.
Ken previously worked with American Progress’s National Security and International Policy team since its founding in 2003—for the past two years he was the team’s Managing Director. Ken is one of the leading experts on the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the intersection of law and security in the fight against terrorism.
Prior to joining American Progress, Ken was a policy analyst at the Center for National Security Studies, where he focused on post-September 11 civil liberties issues. He also had stints at the Council on Foreign Relations and the British Labour Party, where he served as a policy officer working the campaign against the privatization of British Rail. He has been published in numerous print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Philadelphia Inquirer; is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media; and has contributed to the books Protecting Democracy: International Responses and Power and Superpower.