Author Talk: ‘American Reboot’
In his book, American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done, Will Hurd provides a bold political playbook for today’s most pressing issues. Hurd offers valuable insights on politics, leadership, and governance informed by his time in the CIA and as an elected official. In this conversation guided by American Reboot, Hurd presents actionable, unifying strategies for policy, economic empowerment, and America’s future.
Cybersecurity & AI: Keeping Your Digital Assets Safe
As a former undercover CIA officer, Will Hurd is an expert in national security. Called on to serve on the board of OpenAI for his work on AI in the public sector, he is a champion for emerging AI technologies. Hurd wrote the first national strategy on AI, held the first Congress hearing on AI, and published the first Presidential Plan for AI. Seeing cybersecurity as the next major domain of conflict, Hurd shares his expertise to assist individuals and organizations in maintaining the highest level of security possible for their sensitive data. He draws on his experiences with cybersecurity across the private and public sectors to advise on best practices, break down digital innovations, and address the impact of regulatory policies on tech tools.
The Future of Politics: Tomorrow’s United GOP
Former Republican House Representative Will Hurd is known for his effective bipartisan approach to realizing legislation. Hurd was recognized by the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) as one of the “Top 10 Most Effective Republican Lawmakers” in the U.S. House. While serving in Congress, Politico named Hurd “the Future of the GOP.” He spearheaded signing more substantive legislation into law in three terms than most politicians do in three decades. He was a candidate for the GOP's 2024 Presidential nomination. Drawing on his tenure in Congress, he shares what is coming next in D.C. and his thoughts on how to move the country forward as a united nation.
National Security & Foreign Affairs
As a former undercover CIA officer, former U.S. Representative Will Hurd has been solving some of the most pressing national security issues facing the U.S. for two decades. Drawing on his expertise, he helps organizations put threats into context and identifies where we should be focusing now to ensure our security in the decades to come. Audiences value his insights on national security and foreign affairs, shaped by his time in the CIA and the government.
Former Congressman Will Hurd’s book ‘American Reboot’ offers a bold playbook for the future of politics through bipartisanship
Former U.S. House Representative and CIA officer WILL HURD has written a bold playbook for the nation’s political future: American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done. Hurd is a leading voice for bipartisanship, inclusivity, and finding unity in the face of divisive issues. An expert at putting policy over politics, Hurd is known for passing more legislation in three terms than most lawmakers manage in decades. He was a candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. His effective bipartisan efforts earned him the title of “the future of the GOP” from Politico. Hurd provides a clear-eyed path forward for the U.S. grounded in what he calls pragmatic idealism—a concept forged from enduring American values of rationalism, hard work, and achievement.
In American Reboot, Hurd takes on the most pressing issues facing U.S. today, drawing on his remarkable experience to present an inspiring roadmap to a brighter future. Mapping out a vision for values-driven leadership, economic empowerment, and the future of the U.S., Hurd offers powerful insights and threat analysis relevant for organizations and individuals.
Will Hurd sees cybersecurity as the next major domain of conflict
A former board member of OpenAI, WILL HURD offers insights and candid commentary from the cutting edge of digital security technology. His deep experience in issues of digital security is informed by his past work in the public sector as a former undercover CIA officer and Congressman, representing two decades of U.S. decision-making on vital digital security issues. Also an AI expert, Hurd wrote the first national strategy on AI, held the first Congress hearing on AI, and published the first Presidential Plan for AI.
Known for his rational, pragmatic approach to the most pressing issues of today, Hurd presents a roadmap to digital security for individuals and organizations, leveraging the latest in AI and technological breakthroughs. From blockchain to tokenization, Hurd breaks down the real-world impact of emerging digital security technology on industry, government, and global affairs.
Will Hurd is currently a managing director at Allen & Company and former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and undercover officer in the CIA. For almost two decades he’s been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country whether it was in the back-alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of top international businesses or halls of Congress.
After stopping terrorists, preventing Russian spies from stealing our secrets, and putting nuclear weapons proliferators out of business, Will helped build a cybersecurity company that prepared businesses for the next domain of conflict – cyberspace.
While in Congress, Texas Monthly and Politico Magazine called Will “The Future of the GOP,” because he put good policy over good politics at a time when America was often consumed with what divides us rather than what unites us. He was able to get more legislation signed into law in three terms than most congressmen do in three decades – substantive legislation like a national strategy for Artificial Intelligence.
Will is a native of San Antonio and earned a Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University. Additionally, he is growing the US transatlantic partnership with Europe as a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, an OpenAI board member, and most recently served as a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He is also the author of American Reboot: An Idealist’s Guide to Getting Big Things Done.
For more information, please visit willbhurd.com.