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Clearview AI Expands Its Advisory Board With Law Enforcement, Military, & Intelligence Experts

By Clearview AI BLOG

Clearview AI, the leading facial recognition company, is proud to announce the expansion of its advisory board with the addition of four distinguished law enforcement, military, and intelligence experts. Joining the team are Major General Aaron Prupas, retired from the United States Air Force, John T. Lewis, a Senior Intelligence Service Expert from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mark R. Jacobson, Assistant Dean at Syracuse University, and Steve K. Francis, Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). With their extensive experience and expertise in intelligence and military operations, these new board members bring invaluable insights to Clearview AI as it continues to advance the capabilities of facial recognition technology.

Making the technology solely available for law enforcement use.


Major General, USAF (Retired)

Aaron Prupas served in the United States Air Force for more than 32 years, retiring in December 2022 at the rank of Major General. Aaron’s final position in the Air Force was as the Director for Defense Intelligence (Warfighter Support) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. He also served as the Director of Intelligence for NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Deputy Director of Intelligence for NATO operations in Afghanistan, and the Director of Intelligence for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.

Making the technology solely available for law enforcement use.


Central Intelligence Agency, Senior Intelligence Service Expert (Retired)

John T. Lewis retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Senior Intelligence Service Expert in February 2023. He spent over 34 years as a Technical Intelligence Officer, including technology leadership roles in the Directorate of Science & Technology (DS&T), the Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) and the Directorate of Operations (DO) with overseas assignments in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and conflict zones. He is a recipient of the CIA Trailblazer Medal, the CIA Career Intelligence Medal, and a four-time winner of DS&T’s John A. McCone Award for Excellence in Science & Technology.

Making the technology solely available for law enforcement use.


Assistant Dean, Syracuse University

Mark R. Jacobson serves as Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He previously served as the John J. McCloy Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College and prior to that at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Jacobson previously served in government in a number of roles as both a civil servant and political appointee, including as special assistant to the secretary of the Navy, as the first deputy NATO senior civilian representative-Afghanistan and as a Presidential Management intern. Jacobson also worked on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a veteran, having served in both the Army and Navy reserves with mobilizations to Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Making the technology solely available for law enforcement use.


Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations (Retired)

Mr. Steve K. Francis recently retired as the Acting Executive Associate Director for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), overseeing a workforce of over 10,000 employees across 220 offices worldwide. His focus is on disrupting transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that exploit US customs and immigration laws. Previously, he held key roles in preventing illicit procurement networks and combating intellectual property theft.

As the Special Agent in Charge for HSI Detroit, Mr. Francis led a team investigating over 400 violations of US laws, promoting national security, public safety, and border security. Throughout his career, he has received accolades, including the DHS Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Management. Mr. Francis earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and serves on the Center of Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Board of Directors.


The addition of Major General Aaron Prupas, John T. Lewis, Mark R. Jacobson, and Steve K. Francis to Clearview AI's advisory board brings unparalleled law enforcement, military, and intelligence expertise. With their strategic insights, Clearview AI is poised to lead the way in responsible and innovative facial recognition technology. Together, they will navigate the complex landscape of security, privacy, and technology, ensuring a brighter future for intelligent facial recognition solutions.

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