The Alperovitch Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies hosted the Outstanding Americans by Choice (ABC) award ceremony recognizing Dmitri Alperovitch. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas presented Mr. Alperovitch with the ABC recognition, with senior government officials, private sector executives, and leaders from the academic and think tank communities in attendance.

The Outstanding Americans by Choice initiative recognizes the exceptional achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Through civic participation, professional achievement, and responsible citizenship, recipients of this honor have demonstrated their commitment to the United States and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans.

During the ceremony, Maureen Hinman, Co-Founder of Silverado Policy Accelerator, announced the 2024 Catherine Hinman Memorial Fellowship, which creates opportunities for graduate students pursuing public policy careers to gain practical experience and grow professional networks in Washington, DC. The Fellowship aims to support individuals, who would not otherwise have the financial means to spend a summer in Washington, DC, to showcase technical skills, immerse into federal policy-making and international affairs, and sow seeds of professional growth for years to come.

The award ceremony was followed by a fireside chat discussion on cybersecurity and national security hot topics between Dmitri Alperovitch and Rob Silvers, Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

About Dmitri Alperovitch
Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company.

A renowned cybersecurity visionary, business executive, and thought leader on geopolitics, great power competition and cybersecurity strategy, Alperovitch has served as special advisor to the Department of Defense and currently serves on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Cyber Safety Review Board. His writing on geopolitics, foreign policy and cybersecurity issues has appeared in major news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs, and he is a regular contributor to national broadcast news programs including PBS Newshour and NBC News.

Alperovitch is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies. He has been named as one of Fortune Magazine‘s “40 Under 40” most influential young people in business, and Politico Magazine has featured Alperovitch as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. In 2021, he launched the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Alperovitch was also named a “D.C. Tech Titan” and one of the 500 most influential people in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine in 2022 and 2023. He is the host and creator of Silverado’s popular “Geopolitics Decanted” podcast, dedicated to expert analysis of the war in Ukraine and broader geopolitical and national security issues including developments on semiconductor and AI policy.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas during his speech recognizing Dmitri Alperovitch.
Dmitri Alperovitch’s acceptance speech, with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas.
Dmitri Alperovitch and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas presenting Dmitri Alperovitch with the ABC recognition; with Maureen Hinman.
Maureen Hinman announcing the 2024 Catherine Hinman Memorial Fellowship.
Dmitri Alperovitch in conversation with Rob Silvers, U.S. Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
SAIS Hopkins Dean Jim Steinberg, Former Director of the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence Andrew Boyd, Alperovitch Institute Managing Director Elly Rostoum, U.S. Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rob Silvers, and other members of the audience.