Bishop M. Garrison, Jr.
Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy at Paravision.AI
Bishop Garrison is a senior national security executive, veteran, and writer who has served in the military, presidential administrations and campaigns, the nonprofit community, and the private sector throughout his 20 year career. He currently serves as the Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy at Paravision.AI. In that capacity, Bishop represents Paravision before government entities, regulators and trade associations to help shape thoughtful and ethical policy around the deployment of Vision AI in general and face recognition in particular. Most recently, he served in the Biden Administration in the Senior Executive Service. He served the Chief of Staff, Selective Service System, and in this capacity, Bishop was the lead for human capital and management for the organization responsible for registering men and maintaining the system that supports the draft. Prior to this role, Bishop served for over a year as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Human Capital and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this role, Bishop was a leading counselor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on workforce-related issues to include sexual assault response and prevention, extremist activity, DEI issues, and other priority areas. Prior to his most recent period of government service, Bishop served as the Director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First (HRF), a refugee and asylum-seeker advocacy non-profit. As a member of HRF leadership, he was the chief ambassador to the national security community for the organization and led efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities and national security-focused think tanks and research institutions. Bishop also led Veterans for American Ideals, an HRF project and nonpartisan movement of veterans who advocate American leadership on human rights.
Bishop attended the United States Military Academy at West Point graduating in 2002. He served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army. Following his service, Bishop graduated from the William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, VA. He served in the Obama 2012 Re-election Campaign and later in the administration in a variety of national security roles. Following his time in the administration, he served as the Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser on the presidential campaign of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. He also served as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team.
Bishop is the recipient of two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Combat Action Badge. His civilian accolades and awards include multiple medals from the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as several citations from the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama administration’s White House. Bishop also received the 2017 Taylor Reveley “Citizen Lawyer” Award from the College of William and Mary Law School.
Currently, Bishop resides in Northern Virginia with his family. He enjoys reading, creative writing, workouts, and playing and watching sports.