Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Director, Veterans and Military Families
George W. Bush Institute

Jason J. Galui is the Director for Veterans and Military Families at the George W. Bush Institute.  He is also the Founder and CEO of 4 Liberty Consulting LLC creatively collaborating at the nexus of business, government, and academia. He is currently a Professor of Practice in Executive Education at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he leads The Commercial Diplomacy Initiative.   

Throughout a unique military career, Jason led soldiers in combat, taught economics to West Point cadets, and advised the most senior U.S. leaders in the Pentagon for the Obama and Trump Administrations.  As Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council and Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor, Jason served as a key point of national security continuity during the 2017 Presidential Transition.   

During his second White House experience (2019-2020), Jason was Senior Advisor for National Security at the Council of Economic Advisers.  Prior to his White House contributions, Jason personally advised General Martin E. Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Indo-Pacific issues, Afghanistan, and on keeping faith with the military family.  A two-time Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, Jason taught and mentored two generations of West Point cadets.  He deployed to Kabul in 2011-2012 serving as Strategic Advisor to the Commanding General of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, and in 2003 Jason led soldiers into combat during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. 

Jason is a Fellow at the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs at SMU and a Visiting Scholar of the Eisenhower Working Group on Economic Statecraft at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Jason also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts; the Board of Directors of the American University of Iraq Foundation; the Board of Directors for the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations; on the Steering Committee for the Prosper Exchange; and the Board of Advisors with Deep Knowledge Investing.   

Jason earned a Master of Science in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Jason and his wife, Samantha, have been married for more than 19 years and they have two teenage children.   

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Read the article How one North Texas community is coming together to engage in civil conversations.
Feb 22, 2024

How one North Texas community is coming together to engage in civil conversations

Featuring: Chris Walsh, Jason Galui, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret.)
The George W. Bush Institute’s Chris Walsh, Director of Global Policy, and Jason Galui, Director of Veterans and Military Families, discuss the Prosper Exchange – an initiative Galui helped spearhead to bring his community together to engage in civil conversations. Read the full transcript below.