Frank M. Spano, JD, FRSA
Executive Director and Founder
Frank Spano directs and supervises the administrative affairs and general management of The Counterterrorism Institute, Inc. as its chief administrative, operational, and executive officer.
Recognizing the steadily-increasing reality that our enemies are doing a better job of preparing for their future than we are doing in preparing for our own, Mr. Spano leveraged his personal and professional contacts to create The Counterterrorism Institute with the objective of educating and empowering professionals, scholars, school-aged children, and the general public to better understand, prepare for, and counter the threat of domestic and transnational terrorism.
Prior to founding The Counterterrorism Institute, Mr. Spano served as an Associate Professor of Homeland Security Studies in American Public University System’s School of Security and Global Studies, and as the Director of National Security Policy for The Investigative Project on Terrorism; a private counterterrorism organization dedicated to investigating, identifying, and exposing sources of ideological and material support for terrorism within the United States.
Prior to the Investigative Project, Mr. Spano served as a strategic management consultant specializing in brand management, non-profit fundraising and governance, and organizational change management in the legal, international franchising, start-up, education, and charitable sectors. Additionally, Mr. Spano served as the Director of Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Valley Forge Military Academy & College, where he focused on relationship management and constituent development; contributing to achieving a nearly $15,000,000 institutional advancement goal.
A graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Mr. Spano served as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ Antiterrorism Specialty Team; where he became a subject matter expert in counterintelligence, force protection, protective service operations, and trans-national terrorism. This specialized experience bolstered his academic study in homeland and national security law, which included an externship coordinating cyber-security and cyber range policy, training, and operations for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
While in law school, Mr. Spano served as Magister of the International Legal Honor Society Phi Delta Phi, was honored as the Certificate of Merit recipient (awarded to the top student in a given course of study) in Homeland Security Law, Trial Skills, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Advanced Practice Mediation courses, and co-founded the Thomas M. Cooley Homeland & National Security Law Review; the first online, peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of its kind in the United States.
Mr. Spano holds an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Valley Forge Military College, a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, a Citation in Strategic Management from Harvard University’s Extension School, a Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, has been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America, and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) for his work in counterterrorism.
In addition to his work with the Institute, Mr. Spano is actively involved in advancing counterterrorism awareness and capability as a member of several national security, international affairs, and policy-focused nonprofit and professional organizations.
“There is little doubt that, when it comes to terrorism, we are engaged in the battle of a lifetime. Whether we, as a civilized people, choose to recognize it is inconsequential; the enemy has brought the fight to our doorstep and they are actively engaged in doing what is necessary to win.
For ourselves, for our children, and for the generation to come; we must take every necessary step to prevent their success.
Will you stand with me?”Frank M. Spano, JD