Chief of Staff & Director of Strategic Initiatives
Johannah Lowin is the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). In this role, Lowin works closely with inaugural Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen to grow, deliver, and oversee initiatives to address threats presented by terrorists and violent extremists. She also conducts research and contributes subject-matter expertise on counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, and technology policy issues.
Over the past decade, Lowin has researched and written about national security issues at a range of premier think tanks in Washington and the Middle East. Most recently, Lowin collaborated with Rasmussen to design and develop the National Security and Counterterrorism program at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington. Lowin previously served as the Special Assistant for Research and Writing to the Hon. Jane Harman at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and as a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, where she studied Arabic and Hebrew and also served as an editor of Bustan: The Middle East Book Review.
Lowin began her career at Newsweek magazine, where working on a cover story about the 7/7 London underground bombing helped spark her interest in national security and counterterrorism. During that time, Lowin also served as the principal researcher for Newsweek Managing Editor Daniel Klaidman’s book Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency. Her writing has appeared in publications including Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The American Lawyer, and The Jerusalem Post.
Lowin graduated phi beta kappa from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature and received her master’s from Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program with a specialization in terrorism and sub-state violence. While at Georgetown, Lowin studied Arabic in Tunisia and conducted research in France on the radicalization and recruitment of terrorists in the Parisian banlieues.
Lowin lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three sons.