Chief Operating Officer
Isaac joined Spirit of America at the beginning of 2012. SoA is a Congressionally recognized, citizen-funded 501c3 nonprofit that provides assistance in response to local needs identified by US troops and diplomats serving abroad. Spirit of America’s all veteran field team works alongside US personnel in challenging security and stability environments around the world, collaborating to implement a whole of nation approach to America’s national security and foreign policy priorities.
Isaac began his tenure at Spirit of America as a forward deployed field representative in Afghanistan, developing the organization’s relationships with Special Operations units conducting Village Stability Operations in the southern and southeastern regions of that country. Following that assignment, Isaac spearheaded the expansion of Spirit of America’s work into pre-conflict environments around the world, developing operational frameworks with conventional and Special Operations headquarters in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. SoA’s unique contribution to America’s security was recognized by Congress in the 2019 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act and codified by a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense in December 2018.
Originally from South Carolina, Isaac is a veteran of the Army National Guard with two tours in Iraq, in 2003-2004 and 2006-2007. After his last deployment during the Surge, he served as the OEF/OIF Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Isaac earned his master’s degree in International Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, during which time he interned with the State Department at the US Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Following those studies, he participated in the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship program in Arabic in Amman, Jordan.
Isaac in the news:
The Jordan Times: Addressing Terrorism Requires Preemptive Measures, Reforms
Defense One: Make it Easier for Americans to Support Military Missions Abroad
Seattle Times: On Veterans Day, Reflect on American Value of Service
Kyiv Post: Army Radio Station Entertains, Informs Ukraine’s Soldiers in Donbas
Reuters: In Niger, U.S. Soldiers Quietly Help Build Wall Against Boko Haram
Special Warfare Magazine: Spotlight: Spirit of America
Philanthropy Magazine: War, Peace, Philanthropy
CBS News: American Charity Sends Boots to Kids Displaced by ISIS
New York Times: Radio Free Syria