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Shawn C. Baker-Garcia
Chief Executive Officer and Founder

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Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center, Iraq

Shawn is a security policy professional who has been working with USG agencies and global counterparts since 2008 to develop and implement security-focused national frameworks and related programming. Shawn has supported and coordinated USG chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) nonproliferation and counter-WMD (C-WMD) efforts. Having public and private sector experience, Shawn understands how a diversity of stakeholders, united in purpose, can and must be allowed to focus and integrate efforts to address multidisciplinary aspects of modern, urgent, and complex security challenges.

Prior to founding Coalescion, Shawn co-founded and served at for two years as CEO, a small woman-owned business, The Critical Mass that focused on sustainability in security assistance programming. In the years preceding her tenure at The Critical Mass, Shawn held a number of private and public sector positions that in their respective capacities informed, shaped, and facilitated her professional development as a security policy expert, leader, practitioner, communicator, coalescer, problem solver, and coach/mentor.

Prior to founding Coalescion, Shawn co-founded and served at for two years as CEO, a small woman-owned business, The Critical Mass that focused on sustainability in security assistance programming. In the years preceding her tenure at The Critical Mass, Shawn held a number of private and public sector positions that in their respective capacities informed, shaped, and facilitated her professional development as a security policy expert, leader, practitioner, communicator, coalescer, problem solver, and coach/mentor.

This included serving as a nonproliferation specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in support of U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Iraq chemical security programming and as the Baghdad field coordinator in support of the U.S. Department of State, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s (CTR) Biosecurity and Chemical Security Engagement Programs. In the latter position, Shawn was based in Iraq from 2012-2014 coordinating USG and Government of Iraq (GOI) interagency counter-WMD and counter- and nonproliferation initiatives to accomplish shared threat reduction goals.

Shawn is conversant in Arabic and Spanish. She holds a Master’s degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a certificate of completion from Middlebury College’s Arabic language program.

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