Friends of the Washington Institute

Genevieve Ryan Bellaire, JD


Founder and CEO of Realworld

Realworld, launched an app to help recent graduates by providing comprehensive resources around major life topics not covered in school - everything from doing your taxes, getting a credit card, budgeting to filling out employer paperwork - complete with guidance, tooling, and a marketplace of curated service providers. The free platform even includes nearly 100 step-by-step “playbooks” to help an individual feel prepared for the foundations of adulthood.

Chris Curtin

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Former Chief Brand & Innovation Marketing Officer at Visa
Former Vice President at Disney
Former Vice President at HP

The Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) welcomed more than 40 distinguished individuals into the investor group in 2021. Chris Curtin is one of the newest investors of the Washington Spirits.

Parag Khanna, PhD


Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap

Dr. Parag Khanna's new book, "MOVE," focusing on human civilization's future, potential scenarios, and current trends of economic collapse, government destabilization, and technology disruptions, will be available on October 5th, 2021, to his readers.


David McCourt

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CEO and Founder of Granahan McCourt Capital

Author of  "Total Rethink”

Washington Institute’s Board of Governors member, David McCourt, the CEO and Founder of Granahan McCourt Capital and the author of , “Total Rethink” was featured in Georgetown McDonough School of Business's Venture Forward podcast series episode, “ David McCourt: Entrepreneur, Television Producer, and Telecom Revolutionary.”

Jimmy Lynn


Co-founder and Vice-President of Kiswe Mobile

Professor of Sports Management at Georgetown University

Kiswe Mobile won the Webby Awards and the People’s Voice Award for its virtual concert with BTS for ‘Map of the Soul ON:E. 

Chris Inglis


Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency

Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies

We are proud of President Biden’s decision to appoint Chris Inglis as the nation’s first National Cyber Director. Chris Inglis, a member of the U.S Cyberspace Solarium Commission, has been an important partner of the Institute and joined our two fireside chats on Cybersecurity. We are looking forward to working with him on our future events and technology & innovation projects to tackle the issues of business, government, and society.