Eliora Katz is a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Banking Committee, where she helps oversee the national security portfolio for Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Previously, Eliora served as the Egypt Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to government service, Eliora was a Bartley Fellow on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal and later a research assistant in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She studied philosophy and political science at the University of Chicago.
Peter Burns was the Special Assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the Department of State. He formerly served as Government Relations and Policy Director at In Defense of Christians, and also worked as the Policy Analyst for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. He studied political science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was an active student advocate, founding the College Republican chapter and working as campus director for the Bruce Rauner Campaign for Governor. In 2015 he took a job with Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign and transferred to finish online at Thomas Edison State University. Peter is an alumnus of the Philos Leadership Institute and Fellow with the Public Interest Fellowship, as well as an opinion writer for the Washington Examiner and Providence Magazine.