January 29, 2015

Center for a New American Security Names David Romley Senior Vice President for Development


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today named David Romley its Senior Vice President for Development. In this capacity, Mr. Romley will lead the Center’s fundraising efforts and strategic partnerships, as well as serving as a member of the Center’s executive team. He will also work closely with Catherine Cloud, who will continue to serve as CNAS’ Director of Development. Before joining CNAS, Mr. Romley served as Vice President for Development and Partnerships at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where he oversaw the institution’s $26 million annual fundraising activities.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to CNAS,” said CNAS Chief Executive Officer Michèle Flournoy. “He brings a unique blend of leadership experience, passion for service, and fundraising acumen to CNAS at a time when the organization is poised to have more impact on the national security debate than ever before.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to join Michèle, Richard Fontaine, and so many other CNAS experts for whom I have such respect,” said Mr. Romley. “CNAS’ work makes a great impact upon so many of the most challenging and important national security issues facing the United States. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help CNAS experts accomplish their goals.”

Before joining GMF in Jan 2012, Mr. Romley served as Vice President for Development and Communications at the United States Marine Corps’ Scholarship Foundation. At the Scholarship Foundation, he successfully led the organization’s American Patriots capital campaign raising $60 million. Previously, he served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps in a variety of capacities, including as Pentagon spokesman and press attaché to the Secretary of Defense, senior Marine spokesman in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and as Director of Community Relations for the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Romley is a former Military Affairs fellow for Senator John McCain (R-AZ).  He serves on the board of PSC Charities – a charity that builds homes for severely wounded military veterans. 

“David’s leadership experience and intellectual agility will enhance our development,” said Gen. James Mattis (Ret.), a member of CNAS Board of Directors and Romley’s former Commanding General. “CNAS’ mission is vital to promoting the national security interests of the U.S. and it’s heartening that David will be on the team to achieve our goals.”

Mr. Romley holds a Master’s degree in Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He and his wife Meredith have two daughters, Sylvia and Evelyn, and live in Alexandria, Va. 

Mr. Romley is available for interviews. To arrange an interview, please email nurwitz@cnas.org or call 202-457-9409.