TO PROTECT THE TRUTH IN THE DIGITAL SPHERE
Founded in 2019, with the mission to protect the truth, Alethea Group detects and mitigates instances of disinformation and social media manipulation to help clients navigate the new digital reality.
Alethea Group is women and disability-owned and operated.
WHAT WE PROTECT
IN A LARGELY UNREGULATED SPACE, ETHICS IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.
We protect clients from the threat of disinformation that targets brands, reputations, employee safety, or financial bottom lines through our industry-leading investigation and remediation services.
Disinformation campaigns have garnered notoriety in the world of political campaigns and elections, but the reality is these malicious campaigns are a threat across all industries.
Companies and brands face enough challenges. At Alethea Group, we make sure disinformation isn’t one of them.
AMBASSADOR ROBERT S. GELBARD
Amb. (ret.) Robert S. Gelbard is an international business consultant. His 35-year Foreign Service career included numerous senior policy positions, including Ambassador to Indonesia and East Timor, Ambassador to Bolivia President Clinton’s Special Representative to the Balkans, Assistant Secretary of State of Counter Terrorism, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Gelbard was also President George H. W. Bush’s Special Representative for the 1992 San Antonio Summit and the US Representative to the Paris Club. He has received numerous decorations and awards from the US and foreign governments, including the Presidential Meritorious Award and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia.
Gelbard has served on many corporate Boards, including, L-1 Identity Solutions, Novetta Solutions and Guggenheim International, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy for America. He is a graduate of Colby College and Harvard University and was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Villanova University Law School and Colby College for his work on international democracy-building and peacekeeping.
SASHA COHEN O'CONNELL
Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is an Executive in Residence in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs, American University where she currently teaches cyber policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she serves as the Director of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy Master’s program.
O’Connell has spent the majority of her career at the FBI where she served most recently as the organization's Chief Policy Advisory, Science and Technology and as the Section Chief of Office of National Policy for the FBI's Deputy Director where she led policy engagement with the National Security Council on a wide breadth of issues. During her time at the FBI O'Connell focused her energy on enhancing strategic, risk-based decision making; driving cross-programmatic strategic initiatives; building partnerships across government and private sector; and driving strategic communications and outreach to enhance the public's understanding of the role of federal law enforcement.
Pam Wickham serves on the boards for the JFK Library Foundation and the Mass Conference for Women and is a member of the Arthur Page Society, a professional association for senior communications executives. She has held senior communications roles at Fortune 500 companies, including HP and GE, and was named a corporate officer at Raytheon in 2005. She stepped down from the company in April, 2020.
During her 30+ years in communications, Wickham has been widely recognized as an expert in identifying and deploying new technologies to advance brand and reputation management. She was a driving force for adopting the internet as a communications tool in the mid-90s, establishing GE’s first website at ge.com. Wickham also served as the e-mentor to GE’s famed CEO, Jack Welch. As Raytheon’s CCO, Wickham led the company’s award-winning development of digital channel communications strategies, including brand management, recruitment, corporate social responsibility and measurement. More recently, Wickham has been a pioneer in the development of data analytics tools and analysis to shape messaging and strategic communications deployment methodologies.
She is the past chairperson of the Communications Council of the Aerospace Industries Association and the former chair of the board of directors of MATHCOUNTS, a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.