Rick C. Mathews, Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness
423 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
5900 Airport Road
Oriskany, NY 13424
Jayson is the Chief of Staff at the National Center for Security & Preparedness. In this capacity, he coordinates the center's activities and provides administrative support to the director. He has been with the NCSP since January of 2011.
Jayson's prior experience includes studying and working on foreign and homeland security issues at the federal level and in academia. Before joining the NCSP, Jayson was a research assistant on the University at Albany's Project on Violent Conflict for over three years. There, he worked on several projects, including the second Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD-II) terrorism database, which compiles information on the structure of terrorist organizations and how they have interacted over time.
In the summer of 2010, he interned with the U.S. State Department in the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. In his time there, Jayson assisted with projects involving the physical security of the Embassy and Consulate, information security, emergency preparedness, and coordination on security threats with other U.S. agencies and the Hellenic National Police.
Jayson holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Homeland Security and Information Strategy and Management from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. As a graduate student, he studied a range of topics including intelligence analysis, global security issues, negotiation, information management, data analysis, finance, and economics. He also co-authored a paper currently out for publication, which examines strategies for building effective simulations and active learning exercises. In addition, Jayson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa cum Laude, from the Rockefeller College, where he focused on political violence, international relations, and comparative politics.