Breen is a decorated former Army officer, whose service included combat leadership assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, he clerked in the Office of White House Counsel, where he focused on national security matters and assisted with the confirmation of Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Breen co-founded the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a groundbreaking legal and policy advocacy organization working to establish and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees, and has worked with refugees at high risk on the ground in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. He now serves on IRAP’s Board, as well as the Board of Yellow Ribbons United, a foundation that leverages the platform of professional football to serve the military community.
Breen has testified before Congress, and his writing and commentary has been featured in national print and broadcast media, including CNN’s The Situation Room and Erin Burnett OutFront, FOX’s FOX & Friends, ABC’s Good Morning America, MSNBC’s The Cycle, BBC World News, NPR, Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, National Journal, Politico, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Yale Law School, having studied in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. An avid outdoorsman and former ice climbing instructor, Mike is a proud New Hampshire native and a member of the NH Bar Association. He lives in Washington with his wife and daughter.