President and Chief Operating Officer
Jae Pak joined Concerned Veterans for America in July 2014 and serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for the organization. Having come from a family with 2 brothers and 2 nephews that have served in the Army, Jae has a special interest and commitment to CVA’s mission. Jae started his professional career in 1992 as an Army Platoon Leader assigned to the 240th Quartermaster Battalion stationed at Ft. Lee, Virginia. During his service, he deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In 1996, Jae completed his last assignment with the 49th Quartermaster Petroleum Group also at Ft Lee. Jae was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and earned the Parachutist (Airborne) Badge.
Jae followed his Army service with various operations roles of increasing responsibility with Capital One Financial Corporation. From there, he then worked for 2 prominent educational not-for-profits including the College Board and International Baccalaureate (IB) where he led a 30-person team located across 5 different countries. In all of his roles, Jae’s focus has been in improving organizational productivity, efficiency, and operations quality.
Jae earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University in 1992 and an MBA from the University of Richmond in 2001.
Executive Vice President of Strategy Development
Joe Gecan serves as Executive Vice President of Strategy Development for Concerned Veterans for America and was the organization’s original director of operations from its launch in 2012.
Joe was the deputy director for veterans outreach for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign where he helped develop, manage, and operate a twenty-state network of volunteer activists and leaders that deployed on both traditional earned-media publicity efforts and true field/contact activities throughout the primary and general election. Veterans for McCain grew to over 75,000 followers over the course of the campaign, with thousands of active volunteers around the country.
A 2003 graduate of Yale University, Joe has also worked in both the public and private sector, including a family-owned wholesale/retail group and work on municipal infrastructure financing and business development. Gecan is based in Ohio.
Vice President, Political and Legislative Action
Dan Caldwell serves as the Vice President, Political and Legislative Action for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) and has worked for CVA since 2013.
In 2005, Dan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman. During Basic Training, Dan was selected for the Marine Corps’ Presidential Support Program, in which he served as a member of the Marine Security Force at Marine Barracks Washington and the Presidential Retreat at Camp David. Upon completion of his tour at Camp David, Dan was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines where he served as an infantry team leader, squad leader, and vehicle commander. Dan deployed to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and conducted operations in Al Anbar and Ninawa provinces.
Prior to joining CVA in 2013, Dan worked for Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) from 2011 to 2013. Dan originally was a constituent caseworker focused on resolving constituents’ issues with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense and eventually was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Additionally, in 2012, Dan managed the successful re-election campaign of Congressman Schweikert in one of the most intense incumbent versus incumbent races of the 2012 election cycle. Dan also graduated cum laude in 2011 from Arizona State University with degrees in International Studies, Political Science, and Asian History.
National Field Operations Director
Nathan Anderson is the National Field Operations Director at Concerned Veterans for America and has worked with CVA since 2013. He enlisted in the Army in 2004 and was selected for training with the Army Special Forces (Green Berets). Upon completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course, he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group.
Following Active Duty, Nathan joined the National Guard and continues to serve with 20th Special Forces Group. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and multiple times within the Caribbean and South America. He has been awarded two Bronze Star medals and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining CVA, Nathan served as Legislative Liaison with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a Veteran Claims Representative with The American Legion. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Political Science and Global Studies.
Director of Legislative Outreach & Research
Tal Coley serves as Director of Legislative Outreach & Research for Concerned Veterans for America, where he conducts policy and legislative outreach. Tal served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004-2008 as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist, eventually assigned to Ft. Meade, Maryland. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
He has worked for CVA since 2012 where he began as a field representative in Virginia. Promoted in 2013, he now coordinates CVA’s legislative efforts in Washington, D.C., and contributes to policy initiatives. His input was instrumental in developing CVA’s highly successful Defend and Reform series, resulting in numerous events that hosted leading lawmakers and policy experts to discuss potential reforms at DoD and VA.
Tal holds a Master’s Degree in International Administration from the University of Miami as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Florida.
Tal is both a member of the American Legion and AMVETS and resides in Maryland with his wife Victoria.
National Outreach Director
In 1999 Cody enlisted in the Army as an infantryman directly out of high school. Upon graduation from Basic Training and U.S. Army Airborne School, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he quickly deployed to Egypt in support of an international peacekeeping mission. Upon his return to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Cody ascended to the rank of sergeant and was selected to become a part of a scout reconnaissance platoon where he earned a position as a sniper. Following the 9/11 attacks on our country, Cody’s unit was deployed to Afghanistan. There, Cody continued his service as a sniper and a squad leader, providing strategic support in dozens of complex missions along the Afghan/Pakistan border.
Cody graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Government.