Louis Tucker is the President of the Foundation for Innovation and Discovery (FINND), a non-profit corporation that connects government personnel with commercial innovators through executive level forums designed to foster collaboration among CEOs, decision makers, and critical thinkers in the defense, intelligence and national security communities. Louis also runs a boutique consulting practice Mission Sync LLC, and he advises principals in the intelligence/defense communities pro bono when asked.
From 2007 – early 2011 Louis served as the Republican Staff Director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). As staff director, he led a team of legal, policy and intelligence professionals overseeing the $80B+ operations of the Intelligence Community and crafting landmark legislation like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISAA) of 2008.
Louis is a retired (Dec. 2019) Navy Reserve Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Commander who mobilized on active duty from May-November 2015, to serve as the senior Special Operations advisor in East Africa, and from June-December 2009, at the request of General Stanley McChrystal to serve on his Strategic Advisory Group and in Ambassador Karl Eichenberry’s Interagency Provincial Affairs Office in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Following active duty from 1996-2003, and from 2003-2004 as a Central Intelligence Agency officer overseas, Louis served in 2005 as U.S. Senator Richard Shelby’s Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1995 with a B.A. in History, earned a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2006 and a Certificate for an in-residence program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2019. Louis learned the importance of timing when he formed an Internet start-up company in 1995-6 and unsuccessfully tried to convince businesses that the Internet could be used to sell their products; he was 18 months too early.
Louis lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife Jane-Anne and they have