Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs

Location: Washington, DC

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Michael Makovsky

CEO & Executive Director

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs is a prominent conservative think tank concerned with American national security, cooperation with democratic allies and the relationship between Israel and the United States. Founded in 1976 in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, JINSA has expanded its portfolio to include not only Israeli-American security ties but also general American national security policy. JINSA publishes the semiannual Journal of International Security Affairs and coordinates meetings between American and Israeli military and law enforcement officers.

Michael Makovsky joined the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs as CEO and executive director in 2013. An expert on national security, energy issues and the Middle East, Makovsky served as director of essential services in the Washington office of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the postwar allied governing body of Iraq. He worked as an energy market analyst at several investment firms and founded MSM Consulting, a political risk consulting firm. He came to JINSA from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he served as director of foreign policy from 2006 to 2013.


Institution Total Expenses: $3,473,800

Employees: 15

Salary: $210,8339

Underpaid by: 10%


Institution Total Expenses: $3,428,460

Employees: 164

Salary: $230,000


Institution Total Expenses: $3,173,661

Salary: $230,0002


Salary: $219,042


Salary: $208,4627

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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