Jaymie Durnan

Jaymie A. Durnan joined the SIGA Board of Directors in June 2020. He has served as the Deputy Assistant to the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, the nation’s premiere federally funded Department of Defense research, development and prototyping center, since September 2015. A member of the New York State Bar, he served from approximately 1992 through 1999 as a Senior Vice President and Special Counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes Holding Inc. Mr. Durnan has also served as a Product Line Manager at BAE Systems: a Partner at Radius Capital Partners, a private investment firm; and, as the Managing Member of Woodbury Hill Partners, LLC, a strategic advisory firm counseling companies from startup to the Fortune 200. His government service includes as a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, where he served as a Special Assistant (Chief of Staff) to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in the President George W. Bush administration. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the Department of Defense in the President Barack Obama administration. A retired naval officer, he served as an aircraft carrier-based naval aviator; an operations analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; an Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations; a member of staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting arms control negotiations; a Military Assistant to Director of the Office of Net Assessment where he pursued topics related to forecasting future capabilities and alternative security environments; and a Military Social Aide to the President of the United States. For his service, Mr. Durnan has received some of the highest Defense Department non-combat awards including, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award presented by the Secretary of the Navy to a civilian for specific courageous or heroic acts or exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long-term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps or Department of the Navy. Mr. Durnan has served as a director or trustee for MacAndrews & Forbes Worldwide Corp.; Swift Prepaid Solutions; kSARIA Corp.; Orthozon Technologies; Defensewerx; Antioch New England University; and, Unity College. He is the Chairman of the Andrew W. Marshall Foundation. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Georgetown University, and the Georgetown University School of Law.

Independent Director