Gorka, who previously advised the president on counterterrorism issues, is one of six people appointed by the president to the board of directors, alongside representatives from the Pentagon and other cabinet departments such as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), State Department, Department of Commerce and others.
Board members oversee the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which was created to help strategically bring the national security community and higher education together to provide language expertise and critical regions.
Members are responsible for providing “strategic consultation” and helping to ensure that “NSEP programs remain focused on efforts that serve the general national security interests of the United States,” according to its website.
Gorka is a controversial figure in Washington, DC, where he is known for his explosive comments on various issues, as well as for his repeated combative clashes with journalists and critics.
The left the White House in August 2017, shortly after Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon was expelled – departures that marked an exodus of key members of the nationalist economic wing into the administration at the time.
Gorka, a close ally of Bannon, had also worked under Bannon at Breitbart News before following him to the White House.
After he left, Gorka turned to hosting a conservative, pro-Trump radio show called “America First”.