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Faith-Based Security Advisory Council

The Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC) provides organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice to the Secretary through the Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement whom also serves as the DHS Faith-Based Organization Security Coordinator. The FBSAC provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary and other senior leadership on matters related to protecting houses of worship, preparedness and enhanced coordination with the faith community. FBSAC advice may include:

  • Recommendations for the development of strategies and policies that will further the Department's ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, or other emergencies.
  • Recommendations for improving coordination and sharing of threat and security-related information, internally across the Department, externally across the Federal Government, and among state, local, tribal governments, first responders, the private and non-private sectors, academia, research community, and faith-based organizations.
  • Evaluations of the efficiency and effectiveness of existing security-related programs and initiatives, and how to best leverage available resources, such as FEMA’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program.


Faith-Based Security Advisory Council Charter, July 2020


To Be Announced

FBSAC Leadership

Designated Federal Officer

  • TBD

Alternate Designated Federal Officer

FBSAC Membership

Experts in Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organization Security

  • Mr. Chandru Acharya*
  • Mr. Todd Richins*
  • Ms. Cassandra Bledsoe*
  • Mr. Randy Spivey*
  • Chief Kenneth Berkowitz*

Faith-Based Leaders

  • Bishop Hugh Daniel Smith*
  • Archbishop Alexander Stavros Zografos*
  • Mr. Dino Teppara*

Faith-Based Organization Leaders

  • Rabbi Abba Cohen
  • Ms. Dana Harris
  • Mr. John Pinna
  • Ms. Kimberly Burgo
  • Commissioner Kenneth Hodder
  • Ms. Shannon Fariel-Mureithi

Faith-Based News Media

  • Ms. Jacqueline Isaac
  • Pastor Jack Hibbs
  • Mr. Paul Batura

Federal Members

  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Representative: Ms. Susan Schneider
  • United States Secret Service Representative: Ms. Lina Alathari
  • Office for Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Representative: Mr. Abdi Farah
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Representative: Ms. Myung Kim
  • Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans Representative: Ms. Hala Furst
  • Office of Intelligence & Analysis Representative: Ms. Tamara (Tammy) Hutchinson
  • White House Representative: Ms. Melissa Rogers

*Pending completion of onboarding training.

FBSAC Subcommittees

To Be Announced

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Last Published Date: October 25, 2021

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