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The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the world to explore the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage.

Its collection of spy-related artifacts, the largest international collection on public display, brings to life the stories of the men and women who used these objects and provides a global perspective on this profession. Open since July 2002 and in development since 1996, the Museum works with its Advisory Board of Directors to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the Museum’s depiction of the history and tradecraft of espionage. The Advisory Board, comprising of leading intelligence experts, scholars, and practitioners, helps the Museum plan all facets of the institution, from collections-building to program development.

Advisory Board of Directors

David Kahn

Founding Board Member

David KahnThe world’s leading expert in the history of cryptology (making and breaking codes and ciphers), Mr. Kahn serves as an expert commentator to the media on this topic. He has taught modern political and military intelligence at Yale and Columbia Universities and was a visiting historian with the National Security Agency. His books on cryptology and intelligence gathering include The Codebreakers; Hitler’s Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II; and Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-boat Codes.

Major General Oleg Danilovich Kalugin, KGB (Ret.)

Founding Board Member

Oleg KaluginA retired Major General in the 1st Chief Directorate of the KGB, General Kalugin was the youngest general in the history of the KGB. Early in his 32-year career, he worked undercover as a journalist while attending New York’s Columbia University and then conducted espionage and influence operations as a Radio Moscow correspondent with the United Nations. General Kalugin played a major role in the John Walker spy ring as Deputy Chief of the KGB station at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, DC. He was also an elected member of the Soviet parliament during Gorbachev’s administration and was one of the first reformers of the KGB. His book Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West chronicles his KGB career. 

Melissa Boyle Mahle

Board Member

Melissa MahleA former US intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East, Ms. Mahle worked on many of the key challenges to US national security, including running operations against al-Qaeda terrorists and illicit networks selling weapons of mass destruction. She received a Presidential Letter of Appreciation for her work on the Middle East Peace Process and numerous exceptional performance awards from the CIA for her recruitment of agents and collection of intelligence. Ms. Mahle is the author of the book Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11.

David G. Major

Founding Board Member

Dave MajorThe first FBI official to be appointed to the National Security Council, Mr. Major served as the Director of Counterintelligence, Intelligence and Security Programs. During his 24-year FBI career specializing in counterintelligence, he was involved in more than 100 espionage cases. He is the founder and President of The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia.

H. Keith Melton

Founding Board Member

Keith MeltonA historical advisor to the U.S. Intelligence Community, Mr. Melton owns the world’s most extensive collections of espionage devices, weapons, and equipment. Part of his large collection is on permanent display inside CIA Headquarters and is featured in his book, The Ultimate Spy Book. He is currently lectures throughout the US Intelligence Community. He has produced and been featured in more than 40 television documentaries on espionage.

Antonio Joseph Mendez

Founding Board Member

Tony MendezA former Chief of Disguise and Chief of the Graphics and Authentication Division in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Mr. Mendez’s 25-year career with the Agency included undercover work in the most important theaters of the Cold War. Mr. Mendez conducted the secret rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. That operation was the basis of the Oscar Best Picture winner Argo starring Ben Affleck as Mr. Mendez. He earned the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Intelligence Star, and two Certificates of Distinction. Mr. Mendez is currently a landscape painter, author, lecturer, and consultant on intelligence matters and served as a consultant to the CBS television series “The Agency.” His books include The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance, written with his wife Jonna, and Argo.

Jonna Hiestand Mendez

Founding Board Member

Jonna MendezA former Chief of Disguise in the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, Ms. Mendez is also a specialist in clandestine photography. Her 27-year career, for which she earned the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal, included operational disguise responsibilities in the most hostile theaters of the Cold War, from Havana to Moscow to Beijing and ultimately into the Oval Office. She is currently a fine arts photographer, author, lecturer, and consultant on intelligence matters and served as a technical consultant to the CBS television series “The Agency.” With her husband Antonio, she published Spy Dust: A True Story of Espionage and Romance.

Malcolm W. Nance

Malcolm NanceA career US Navy terrorism intelligence collector, code breaker, and interrogator with wide-ranging field and combat experience in the Middle East, South West Asia, and Africa, Mr. Nance is a frequent guest commentator on breaking news. He’s the author of The Terrorist Recognition Handbook, The Terrorists of Iraq: The Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency , An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad and Restoring America’s Honor, and Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe. Drawing on his experience as a twenty year veteran of the US intelligence community’s program on combating terrorism, he’s been a Middle East policy advisor to the US and international governments on special operations, homeland security, and intelligence. 

The Honorable William H. Webster

Founding Board Member

William WebsterThe only person to have served as both Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1978-1987) and Director of Central Intelligence (1987-1991), Judge Webster’s distinguished career includes appointments as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, a U.S. District Court judge, and a federal prosecutor in Missouri. He is currently a consulting partner with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Ambassador R. James Woolsey

James WoolseyA former Director of Central Intelligence (1993-1995), Mr. Woolsey holds a distinguished career in the U.S. Government, where he served on five different occasions. Mr. Woolsey held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Woolsey is currently the chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and chancellor of The Institute of World Politics. 


Representing the Developer, The Malrite Company, on the Museum Board

Milton Maltz

Chairman of the Board

Milton MaltzChairman of The Malrite Company and founder of the International Spy Museum, Mr. Maltz developed an interest in intelligence while working at the National Security Agency for the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In addition to a 40-year career as principal of the Malrite Communications Group, Inc., which operated major market radio and television stations across the country, Mr. Maltz was a founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Since retiring from the broadcast industry, Mr. Maltz has used his years of entertainment experience to develop museum projects across the country.

Tamara Christian

Ex Officio

Tamara ChristianChief Operating Officer of the International Spy Museum, Ms. Christian has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Business Development, including serving as Executive Director and President of National Trade Productions, an event and trade show management company. Ms. Christian also spent several years at the private equity firm Blackstreet Capital Management as an Operating Partner before joining the International Spy Museum in 2011. Ms. Christian has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Richmond and an MBA from George Washington University.

Peter Earnest

Ex Officio

Peter EarnestExecutive Director of the International Spy Museum, Mr. Earnest’s 36-year CIA career included more than 20 years in the Agency’s Clandestine Service. A member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, he was awarded the Agency’s Intelligence Medal of Merit for “superior performance” throughout his career. Mr. Earnest also served as the Agency’s principal spokesman in his final posting, developing and implementing a strategy of greater openness with the media and the public.

James Gomez

Ex Officio

James GomezPresident and COO of The Malrite Company, Mr. Gomez spent more than six years in the public and private accounting industries, including serving as a Senior Consultant and Auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP, where he worked in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services Groups before joining The Malrite Company in April 2000. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Cleveland State University.


Advisory Board Emeriti

Christopher Andrew

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Christopher AndrewOne of the world’s leading authorities on the history of intelligence gathering, Mr. Andrew is an accomplished author whose books on intelligence include Her Majesty’s Secret Service: The Making of the British Intelligence Community; KGB: The Inside Story of its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev (with Oleg Gordievsky); For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush; and The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB (with Vasili Mitrokhin). He is currently Chair of the British Intelligence Study Group and a professor at Cambridge University.

Carlos D. Davis

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Carlos DavisChairman of the CIA’s Fine Arts Commission and former Deputy Director of the Agency’s Center for the Study of intelligence, Mr. Davis has developed many Intelligence-related exhibits including the Cold War Exhibit at CIA Headquarters. His 20-year plus CIA career continues with his current appointment into the Senior Intelligence Service.

Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, US Army (Ret.)

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Claudia KennedyThe first and only woman to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence for the U.S. Army, Lieutenant General Kennedy was the highest ranking woman in the U.S. Army. Her 32-year Army career included positions as Operations Officer, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, Department of the Army; Staff Officer, Directorate of Training, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans; and Directorate of Training. Lieutenant General Kennedy is on the boards of Opportunity International and American Security Project. She is a commissioner for the White House Fellows Program and is the Chair, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. Her book, Generally Speaking, was published in September 2001.

S. Eugene Poteat

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Eugene PoteatA former senior officer with the CIA’s Scientific and Technical Directorate, Mr. Poteat worked on various air, space, and naval reconnaissance systems including the U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, and Corona satellite. During his 25-year CIA career, he developed and implemented new intelligence methods for determining the vulnerability of stealth aircraft to foreign radars. He is the current President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO.)

Richard E. Schroeder

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Richard SchroederA former officer with the CIA’s Clandestine Service, Mr. Schroeder held senior management positions in the Agency’s Directorates of Operations and Science and Technology, the Office of Congressional Affairs, and the Center for the Study of Intelligence. He began his career with the CIA in 1972 after two years in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. and with the U.S. Military Command in Vietnam. As CIA Chair he taught Intelligence and National Security at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Since retirement from the CIA, he consults on national security issues and teaches at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Schroeder holds a Ph.D. in modern European and military history from the University of Chicago.

Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret.)

Founding Board Member Emeritus

Stansfield TurnerA former Director of Central Intelligence (1977-1981), Admiral Turner’s 31-year Navy career included positions as Commander-in-Chief of NATO’s Southern Flank, Commander of the United States Second Fleet in the Atlantic, and President of the Naval War College in Rhode Island. He has taught at Yale University and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College Park, retiring in 2007. Admiral Turner was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo. His books include Secrecy and Democracy; Terrorism and Democracy; Caging the Nuclear Genie: An American Challenge for Global Security; Caging the Genies: A Workable Solution for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons; and Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence.