Mark Simakovsky joined Beacon Global Strategies LLC as a Vice President in February 2015.
Throughout his career, Mr. Simakovsky has worked on a wide variety of national security issues, including defense policy, strategy, budget formulation, crisis response and congressional affairs. He has significant regional experience in Europe and Eurasia.
Prior to joining BGS, Mr. Simakovsky served as the Europe/NATO Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he played a key role developing and implementing U.S. deterrence and reassurance measures in Europe in the wake of the 2014 Ukraine crisis.
Mr. Simakovsky also served as the Russia Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, where he drafted the first Department of Defense Russia strategy in years, which was instrumental in reorienting U.S. defense policy. His work helped shepherd U.S. defense policy in Europe and Eurasia through a turbulent period marked by the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, U.S.-Russian reset and 2014 Russia-Ukraine conflict.
In 2013, Mr. Simakovsky was a Brookings Congressional National Security Fellow in the office of Senator Mark Warner. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Ronald D. Asmus Non-Resident Policy Entrepreneur Fellow at the German Marshall Fund where he conducted a study on the history and way forward for NATO enlargement.
From 2008-2012, Mr. Simakovsky was the Eurasia Strategy Advisor/NATO Coordinator and Country Director for Georgia/Moldova in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. Simakovsky began his government service in 2006 as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in the Office of Russian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and was a finalist for the 2010 U.S. Federal Government “Call to Service Medal.” In 2012, Diplomatic Courier named Mr. Simakovsky one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.“.
He is currently a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patricia Eurasia Center, a member of the NATO and Atlantic Council’s Young Emerging Leaders Program, as well a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Simakovsky earned his Masters in Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2005. While at Georgetown, he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow (FLAS) in Russian, received an Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Grant to Georgia and completed language training in Russia at St. Petersburg State University. He returned to live in Georgia after graduation as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2005-2006, traveling throughout Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan to analyze U.S.-Russian competition in the region.
In 2002, Mr. Simakovsky completed a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude with honors distinction in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University (Oxford) and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.