Council on Intelligence Issues – Governance

Board of Directors

All corporate powers are exercised by or under the authority of, and the Board of Directors oversees the business affairs of the Council.


President. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the Council on Intelligence Issues. Subject to the supervision of the Board of Directors, the President performs all duties customary to that office and shall supervise and control all of the CII’s affairs in accordance with policies and directives approved by the Board of Directors.

Vice President. In the absence of the President or in the event of the President’s inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President and, when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties and have such other powers as the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe by standing or special resolution, or as the President may from time to time provide, subject to the powers and the supervision of the Board of Directors.

Secretary. The Secretary is responsible for preparing and maintaining custody of minutes of all meetings of the members and meetings of the Board of Directors, and for authenticating the records of the CII, and shall give or cause to be given all notices in accordance with the organization’s Bylaws or as required by law, and, in general, shall perform all duties customary to the office of Secretary. The Secretary shall have custody of the CII’s corporate seal, if any; and he or she shall have authority to affix the same to any instrument requiring it; and, when so affixed, it may be attested by his or her signature.

Treasurer. The Treasurer has the custody of, and is responsible for, all funds and securities of the CII. He or she shall keep or cause to be kept complete and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the CII, and shall deposit all of its monies and other valuable property in the name and to the credit of the CII in such banks or depositories as the Board of Directors may designate. Whenever required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall render a statement of accounts. He or she shall at all reasonable times exhibit the books and accounts to any officer or director of the organization, and shall perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer, subject to the supervision of the Board of Directors, and such other duties as shall from time to time be assigned by the Board of Directors.


CII Advisory Committee. The CII Advisory Committee consists of national security experts who have previously served as officials in the Central Intelligence Agency, other Government organizations, or the private sector. Committee members advise CII’s officers and directors to help establish a solid reputation for integrity and commitment to those who have honored their country by their loyal, selfless, and honorable service. The Advisors meet periodically  to advise and assist the Board on CII policy and governance, including matters relating to public communications, technology, fundraising, legal support, educational programs, and other matters.