The following individuals are members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) leverages the experience, expertise, and national and global connections of the HSAC membership to provide the Secretary real-time, real-world, sensing and independent advice to support decision-making across the spectrum of homeland security operations.
- William Webster (Chair) - Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP
- William Bratton (Vice Chairman) - Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk
- Art Acevedo - Chief of Police, Houston Police Department, Texas
- Steve Adegbite - Former Chief Security Officer, Cotiviti Corporation
- Jayson Ahern - Principal and Head of Security Services, The Chertoff Group
- Keith Alexander, Founder and CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity
- John R. Allen - President of Brookings Institute
- Thad W. Allen - Executive Vice President, Booz|Allen|Hamilton
- Stewart Baker - Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
- Chuck Canterbury - National President, The Fraternal Order of Police
- Frank Cilluffo - Director, McCrary Institute for Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection, Auburn University
- Mark Dannels - Sheriff, Cochise County Arizona
- Donald P. Dunbar - Major General, Wisconsin National Guard; the Adjutant General
- Paul Goldenberg - President and CEO, Cardinal Point Strategies, LLC
- Jane Harman - Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- Michael P. Jackson - President and Founder of Firebreak Partners
- Jim Jones - Chairman- Monarch Global Strategies
- Gary Kelly - President and CEO, Southwest Airlines
- Cathy Lanier - Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, National Football League
- Carie A. Lemack - Co-Founder and CEO of DreamUp
- John Magaw - Consultant, Domestic and International
- Jeffrey Miller - Vice President of Security, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
- Jeff Moss - Founder of Black Hat and DEF CON Conferences
- Robert Rose - Founder and President, Robert N. Rose Consulting LLC
- Harold A. Schaitberger - General President, International Association of Firefighters
- Wendy Smith-Reeve - Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and the Director, Division of Emergency Management
- Ali H. Soufan - Chairman and CEO, The Soufan Group LLC
- Paul Stockton - Managing Director, Sonecon LLC
- Chad Sweet - Co-Founder, Chertoff Group
- Karen Tandy- Administrator (Ret.), Drug Enforcement Administration
William Webster (Chair), Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP
William H. Webster (Chair) served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from 1987 to 1991. Following his departure from the CIA, Judge Webster joined the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP in Washington, DC, where he is now a retired partner. Prior to his service as CIA Director, Judge Webster served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1978 to 1987, a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1973 to 1978, and a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1970 to 1973. In 1991, Judge Webster was presented the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Judge Webster was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Security Medal.
William Bratton (Vice Chair), Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk
William Bratton (HSAC Vice-Chair) is the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, where he advises clients on risk identification, prevention, and response. He is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues. During a 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.
Prior to assuming his role at Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton was the 42nd police commissioner of the City of New York from January 2014 to September 2016. During that time, he oversaw 32 months of declining crime, including historic lows for murders and robberies. In the 1990s, Commissioner Bratton established an international reputation for re-engineering police departments and fighting crime. As Los Angeles Police Chief from 2002 to 2009, in a city known for its entrenched gang culture and youth violence, he brought crime to historically low levels, greatly improved race relations, and reached out to young people with a range of innovative police programs.
Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department, Texas
Art Acevedo is Chief of Police of the Houston, Texas, Police Department. Prior to this,Chief Acevedo led a department of over two thousand law enforcement and support personnel who carry out police operations within the City of Austin, as well as the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, city parks, lakes, and municipal courts. Under Chief Acevedo’s leadership, the Police Department has been re-engineered into a data-driven and intelligence-led policing organization. Chief Acevedo started his career with the California Highway Patrol and was eventually promoted to Patrol Chief in 2005. Chief Acevedo holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Steve Adegbite, Former Chief Security Officer, Cotiviti Corporation
Steve Adegbite is the Former Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Cotiviti Corporation. He is the primary executive responsible for ensuring the establishing, executing, and maintaining of Cotiviti Corporation vision, strategy and program structure for all company wide security and business continuity programs. Prior to joining Cotiviti, Steve was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for E*TRADE Financial Services. Prior to joining E*TRADE, he was the Senior Vice President in charge of the Enterprise Information Security Program Oversight and Strategy Organization at Wells Fargo & Co. Prior to joining Wells Fargo & Co., he was the Director, Cyber Security Strategies at Lockheed Martin Information Services and Global Services (IS&GS). Prior to that, Steve was the Chief Security Strategist for Adobe Systems Inc. within the Adobe Secure Software Engineering. Prior to joining Adobe, Steve worked in various positions in Microsoft’s Trust Worthy Computing (TWC) organization most notably on the Secure Windows Initiative (SWI) and Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) EcoStrat team. Before Steve joined the private sector, he was an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served in Information Operations (IO) positions at various Intelligence community agencies both as a government employee and as an associate consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology-consulting firm. Steve is longtime member of the US and International security community.
Jayson Ahern, Principal and Head of Security Services, The Chertoff Group
Jayson P. Ahern is a Principal and Head of Security Services Practice at The Chertoff Group. In this role, he advises clients on a broad range of issues including homeland and border security management, global commerce and supply chain security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, and strategic planning and implementation. Mr. Ahern retired as the former Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection with DHS, after serving 33 years in federal law enforcement.
Keith Alexander, Founder and CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity
Keith Alexander is the CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity. In this position, he provides strategic vision to corporate leaders on cybersecurity issues through the development of cutting-edge technology, consulting, and education/training. Alexander is a retired four-star General with a 40-year military career, which culminated to the role of Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service (CSS) from 2005-2014. He was appointed by Congress to be the first Commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from 2010-2014. As the Director of NSA, he was responsible for national foreign intelligence requirements, military combat support, and the protection of U.S. national security information systems. Prior to leading USCYBERCOM and the NSA/CSS General Alexander served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, VA. He also served as: Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL.; Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and, a member of the President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. General Alexander is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy (USMA) Distinguished Graduate Award.
John R. Allen, President of Brookings Institute
John R. Allen is a retired four-star U.S. Marine General who served as the Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and the Commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan from 2011 to 2013, the pivotal point in the war. General Allen recently served as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. He is the first Marine in history to command a theater of war, and is the longest serving commander in that conflict. Concluding a distinguished 38 year career in the spring of 2013, General Allen served as Senior Advisor to both the Secretaries of Defense and State on Middle East Security, and has associations with the Brookings Institution, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Atlantic Council, and Council on Foreign Relations. He holds numerous U.S. personal and international decorations, among them the: Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, The Leftwich Leadership Trophy, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Afghan Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, the Taiwan Order of the Resplendent Banner with Special Cravat, and the Mongolian Meritorious Service Medal, First Class.
Thad W. Allen, Executive Vice President, Booz|Allen|Hamilton
Admiral Thad W. Allen (US Coast Guard retired) is an Executive Vice President at Booz|Allen|Hamilton. He is a national thought leader and strategist in homeland security, maritime security, disaster response and recovery, and energy. He is known for his expertise in public-private sector collaborative efforts to improve national resiliency and create whole of community solutions to complex man-made and natural disasters. Allen completed his distinguished thirty-nine year career in the U.S. Coast Guard as its 23rd Commandant in May, 2010, when President Barack Obama selected him to serve as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to his assignment as Commandant, Allen served as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. During his tenure in that position, he was designated Principal Federal Official for the US government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For his service in those responses, Admiral Allen was the first recipient of the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal. Allen also currently serves as a director on the Coast Guard Foundation and Partnership for Public Service, a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, and a Member on the Council on Foreign Relations.
Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Stewart A. Baker is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Policy at DHS where he implemented global policies with significant implications in maritime regulation, customs enforcement, immigration enforcement, identity management, SAFETY Act implementation, money laundering enforcement, government contracts, and regulation of travel and air transportation.
Chuck Canterbury, National President, The Fraternal Order of Police
Kenneth Canterbury is the National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police labor organization in the country. Mr. Canterbury joined the Fraternal Order of Police in 1984 and has served as President since 2003. Prior to his service as President, Mr. Canterbury spent 25 years with the Horry County Police Department of Conway, South Carolina. Mr. Canterbury worked in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and served as the Training Division Supervisor. Most recently, Mr. Canterbury served as Chief of the Operations Bureau. Mr. Canterbury has testified before Congress on a number of law enforcement issues and was appointed by President Bush to serve a member of the National Medal of Valor Board.
Frank Cilluffo, Director, McCrary Institute for Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection, Auburn University
Frank J. Cilluffo directs the McCrary Institute for Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Protection at Auburn University. Prior to joining Auburn, Cilluffo founded and directed the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University where he led a number of national security and cybersecurity policy and research initiatives. Cilluffo previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. Immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. Before his White House appointment, Mr. Cilluffo spent eight years in senior policy positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank.
Mark Dannels, Sheriff, Cochise County Arizona
Mark J. Dannels is the Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona and is a 34-year law enforcement veteran. Sheriff Dannels holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager accredited from Arizona State University. He is the current Chair of the Immigration and Border Committee with the National Sheriff’s Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition, and President of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Dannels has been recognized and awarded the Medal of Valor, Western States Sheriff of the Year, Sheriff’s Medal, Deputy of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Unit Citation Award, National Police Hall of Fame, Lifesaving Award, and dozens of community-service awards from service groups and governmental organizations.
Donald P. Dunbar, Major General, Wisconsin National Guard; the Adjutant General
Major General Donald Dunbar is Wisconsin’s Adjutant General. He commands the Wisconsin National Guard and is responsible for Emergency Management. He also serves as Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, chairs the Homeland Security Council, and serves as the senior state official for cyber matters. Gen. Dunbar also serves on the executive committees of the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) and the Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS), and is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council. Gen. Dunbar holds an MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University, and from 1998-2003 served on the Defense Department staff as an executive officer to director of the Air Operations Group. He came to Wisconsin in March 2005 to command Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Wing. He was appointed to his present position on Sept. 1, 2007.
Paul Goldenberg, President and CEO, Cardinal Point Strategies, LLC
Paul Goldenberg is the President and CEO of Cardinal Point Strategies (CPS), LLC, a strategic advisory and business intelligence consulting firm. Mr. Goldenberg served as founder and first National Director of the Secure Community Network, the nation’s first faith-based information sharing analysis center recognized by DHS as a national model. Mr. Goldenberg is an internationally recognized transnational security expert providing the U.S. government and private sector strategic counseling and governance on a full array of national security related issues at the nexus of terrorism, technology, national security, law enforcement, community engagement and policing. Mr. Goldenberg’s public career includes more than two decades as the first State Chief of the Office of Bias Crimes and Community Relations in New Jersey leading the nation’s first full time State Attorney General’s effort focusing on hate crimes, domestic terrorism, targeted violence, and community engagement, Director of the nation’s 6th largest county social service and juvenile justice system, and as a law enforcement official leading investigation efforts for cases in domestic terrorism, political corruption, and organized crime. Mr. Goldenberg played a key role in setting policy for the legislation and investigation of ethnic terrorism and hate crimes in roles such as senior law enforcement advisor to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, US department of Justice, DHS, and for numerous Canadian police and security agencies. He is a senior fellow with the Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience.
Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Congresswoman Harman is the head of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington, D.C. think tank devoted to the ideals of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Congresswoman Harman served in Congress from 1993 to 1998 and 2001to 2011. Following her resignation from Congress on February 28, 2011 she joined the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and CEO. During her time in Congress she represented the Aerospace Center of California; she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence and four on Homeland Security. Congresswoman Harman has made numerous Congressional fact-finding missions to hotspots around the world including North Korea, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Guantanamo Bay to assess threats against the U.S. Harman received the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service in 1998, the CIA Seal Medal in 2007, and both the CIA Director’s Award and the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2011.
Michael P. Jackson, President and Founder of Firebreak Partners
Michael P. Jackson is the President and Founder of Firebreak Partners a company that provides specialized security and technology consulting services for critical infrastructure assets. On March 10, 2005, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Jackson to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Jackson served as DHS’ chief operating officer, with the responsibility to manage the Department’s day-to-day operations. Previously, Mr. Jackson served as Senior Vice President of AECOM Technology Corporation, where he was responsible for AECOM government relations globally and served as Chief Operating Officer of AECOM’s Government Services Group. Mr. Jackson also served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from May 2001 to August 2003. As DOT, Mr. Jackson was responsible for day-to-day operations of an organization that grew to a $68 billion annual budget supporting over 179,000 employees following the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01. In 2004, Mr. Jackson was appointed to serve on the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, which provided management recommendations to the President on NASA and its future mission management. Mr. Jackson also held positions under President George H. W. Bush’s administration, as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Liaison and later as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Transportation. He held several positions reporting to the Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan’s administration. He was a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute and taught political science at the University of Georgia and at Georgetown University. Mr. Jackson graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. and received a Ph.D. with distinction from the Government Department at Georgetown University in 1985.
Jim Jones, Chairman- Monarch Global Strategies
Ambassador James “Jim” Jones is the Chairman and CEO of ManattJones Global Strategies. Jones provides business development advice and consulting for clients primarily in Mexico and Latin America. Ambassador Jones served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1993 to 1997. He also served as President at Warnaco International and Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange in New York from 1989 to 1993. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma from 1973 to 1987, Ambassador Jones was Chairman of the House Budget Committee and ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Ambassador Jones was only 28 years old when President Lyndon Johnson selected him as Appointments Secretary, the White House position presently titled Chief of Staff.
Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO, Southwest Airlines
Gary Kelly serves as Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines. Gary assumed his current roles in 2008 following stints as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Executive Vice President, and Vice Chairman. Mr. Kelly is a 29-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to CFO and VP of Finance, then EVP and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in 2004. Mr. Kelly became Chairman and President in 2008. He was named as one of the best CEOs in American for 2008, 2009, and 2010 by Institutional Investor Magazine. Mr. Kelly is a Certified Public Accountant, serves on both the Board of Directors of the Lincoln National Corporation and President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Cathy Lanier, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer, National Football League
Cathy Lanier is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the National Football League. She previously served as the Chief of Police with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) from 2007 to 2016. A highly respected professional in the areas of homeland security and community policing, she took the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counterterrorism strategies for all units within the MPD and launched the department’s Operation TIPP (Terrorist Incident Prevention Program).
Carie A. Lemack, Co-Founder and CEO of DreamUp
Carie A. Lemack, currently the Cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, a provider of space-based education and media services, is a cofounder of Global Survivors Network, a global organization for victims of terror to speak out against terrorism and radicalization. Ms. Lemack has coordinated and inspired events in Jordan, Pakistan, and Indonesia, produced the award-winning documentary film Killing in the Name, and generated interest and coverage in media outlets worldwide. Ms. Lemack cofounded and led the non-profit, non-partisan organization Families of September 11th. She was previously an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University.
John Magaw, Consultant, Domestic and International Security
John Magaw is a domestic and international security consultant who most recently served as the Under Secretary for Security at the Department of Transportation in 2002. In that role, Mr. Magaw was responsible for the implementation of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001. Mr. Magaw also previously served as the Acting Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and led the Office of National Preparedness with FEMA. Magaw has also served as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms from 1993 to 1999 and as the Director of the Secret Service from 1992 to 1993
Jeffrey Miller, Vice President of Security, Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
Jeffrey Miller is the Vice President of Security for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mr. Miller is responsible for developing and managing all safety and security plans and programs for all facets of club operations, including facility security for the training complex, Arrowhead Stadium, event day safety, vendor-operated security and traffic procedures, as well as team security. He also serves as the primary liaison between the club and the National Football League office with regards to all security matters. As Senior Vice President with MSA Security, he was involved in business development in all aspects of the company including Entertainment and Sports Venue Security, Crisis Communications, Explosive Detection K9, SmartTech, Investigations, Social Media Intelligence, Cyber Security and Executive Protection. As the CSO for the National Football League, he oversaw all facets of security for the league including all investigative programs and services, event security (including Super Bowl and International Series), Game Integrity Program, executive protection, the Stadium Security Program, the Fan Conduct Initiative and the Fair Competition Initiative. Additionally, he completed a 24-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring in 2008 as Commissioner, serving for nearly six years as the 18th Commissioner. As a cabinet secretary, he was responsible for implementing crime and crash reduction strategies, anti-terrorism efforts, and general policing practices including emergency response in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. He holds an Associate Degree from the University of South Florida, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, as well as the 27th Session of the FBI National Executive Institute. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Pennsylvania State University as well as an Alumni Fellow of the school.
Jeff Moss, Founder of Black Hat and DEFCON Conferences
Jeff Moss CEO of DEF CON Communications, Inc. A career spent at the intersection of hacking, professional cybersecurity and Internet governance gives Jeff Moss a unique perspective on information security. Mr. Moss is the founder and CEO of the DEF CON Communications and the founder of The Black Hat Briefings, two of the world’s most influential information security conferences. Mr. Moss is an angel investor to startups in the security space, is a technical advisor to the TV Series Mr. Robot, and serves on the Board of Directors for Compagnie Financière Richemont SA. Mr. Moss actively seeks out opportunities to help shape the cybersecurity conversation. In a prior life Mr. Moss served as the Chief Security Officer and was a Vice President of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. He is a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) and a commissioner on the Global Council on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robert Rose, Founder and President, Robert N. Rose Consulting LLC
Robert Rose is an internationally recognized cybersecurity expert providing the U.S. government and companies strategic counseling and governance on a full array of cyber-related issues at the nexus of technology, national security, law enforcement and privacy. Mr. Rose is Founder and President of Robert N. Rose Consulting LLC and currently serves in various appointed U.S. government advisory positions in the areas of national security, cyber and homeland security. He is a member of the National Security Agency’s Cyber Awareness and Response Panel and the Department of State’s International Security Advisory Board. Additional corporate and non-profit advisory board service includes The Chertoff Group, CrowdStrike Services, Securonix, SquirrelWerkz, Plurilock, Zafesoft, the State of Florida Center for Cybersecurity, the Open Commons Consortium at the University of Chicago and the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. Previous advisory roles include serving as a senior advisor to the CEO of Bridgewater Associates, and appointments to the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Advisory Board, and to the Director of National Intelligence’s Financial Sector Advisory Board. Bob has received numerous honors and awards, including: a presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarship, a fellowship with the Wexner Heritage Foundation, the recipient of the U.S. Secret Service’s “Outstanding Dedications and Contributions” award and the Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boys Scouts’ Distinguished Citizen Award.
Harold A. Schaitberger, General President, International Association of Firefighters
Harold A. Schaitberger is General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), representing 300,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada. Mr. Schaitberger began his career as a professional fire fighter in Fairfax County, Virginia, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He helped organize what was then a 500-member department as an IAFF affiliate. In 1970 he was elected the first president of Fairfax County Local 2068. In 1973, he was elected president of the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters. Prior to his election as General President in 2000, Mr. Schaitberger served as a top advisor to three IAFF presidents. He came to the IAFF in 1976 to create the union’s national political and legislative programs. He played a key role in the creation of the Public Safety Officers Benefit, enactment of the FLSA overtime law and the passing of the NFPA 1710 Standard governing the deployment and staffing of professional departments. Mr. Schaitberger also secured federal funds to create the IAFF Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction training programs. Under President Schaitberger’s leadership, the IAFF’s Political Action Committee, FIREPAC, ranks among the top PACs in the nation. His commitment to supporting candidates and lawmakers who are friendly to fire fighters and their issues, regardless of political party, has significantly enhanced the union’s power and influence at all levels of politics Mr. Schaitberger has led large-scale efforts to assist IAFF members and their families in the wake of national emergencies such as the September 11th attacks, as well as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Mr. Schaitberger is a Vice President on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IAFF Burn Foundation and is a Board Member on the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial. Prior to his election as General President, Mr. Schaitberger served as a top advisor to three IAFF presidents. Mr. Schaitberger is a retired lieutenant of the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.
Wendy Smith-Reeve, Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and the Director, Division of Emergency Management
Wendy Smith-Reeve is the Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, and the Director, Division of Emergency Management. Ms. Smith-Reeve manages Arizona’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts and has supported and/or managed state response and recovery efforts for 100 state disaster declarations, and 12 presidential disaster declarations. Ms. Smith-Reeve is a current member and former president of the Arizona Emergency Services Association. She is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and formerly served as NEMA President.
Ali H. Soufan, Chairman and CEO, The Soufan Group LLC
Ali H. Soufan is the Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group, LLC, and has been a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council since September 2012. Mr. Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Soufan also served on the Joint Terrorist Task Force, FBI New York Office, where he coordinated both domestic and international counterterrorism operations. He has received numerous awards for his counter-terrorism work, including the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Investigation and the Respect for Law Enforcement Award. Mr. Soufan is the author of The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda" and a recipient of the Ridenhour Book Prize.
Paul Stockton, Managing Director, Sonecon LLC
Dr. Paul Stockton is the Managing Director of Sonecon LLC, and an internationally-recognized leader in infrastructure resilience, continuity planning, installation and personnel security, and U.S. national security and foreign policy. From June 2009 until January 2013, Dr. Stockton was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he served as the Department’s Domestic Crisis Manager. In this position he assisted in leading the response to Superstorm Sandy, Deepwater Horizon, and other disasters. Dr. Stockton was also responsible for Departmental programs strengthening security cooperation with partner nations in the Western Hemisphere, leading talks on Defense Cooperation Agreements with Peru, Brazil, and other key countries, as well as defense policy coordination with Mexico and Canada. In September 2014, Secretary Hagel named Stockton the co-chair of the Independent Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shootings, which recommended major changes to the Department of Defense’s security clearance system. He was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon's highest civilian honor, and a Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Homeland Security.
Chad Sweet, Co-Founder, Chertoff Group
Chad Sweet is the Co-Founder & CEO of the The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm and investment bank exclusively focused on the security sector. Mr. Sweet advises companies and governments on their security and on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the security industry. With over a decade of investment banking experience, Mr. Sweet has been involved in more than $5 billion of successful M&A and capital formation engagements. Mr. Sweet was the former Chief of Staff of DHS and served in the CIA. He currently serves as Chairman of Trustwave Government Services as well as a Director of the corporate boards of Coalfire and Salient CRGT. Finally, in the non-profit sector, he is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington Homeland Security Policy Institute, a Director on RAND’s Global Center for Risk & Security, a Director of the Board of the Economic Club of Washington and a frequent commentator on security issues for FOX, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
Karen Tandy, Administrator (Ret.), Drug Enforcement Administration
Karen Tandy served as the Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from July 2003 to November 2007. During her tenure, the DEA saw unprecedented improvements in its performance and accountability standards. Ms. Tandy is also a former Associate Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she was responsible for developing national drug enforcement policy and strategies. Ms. Tandy held a variety of positions in the Criminal Division at DOJ and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Washington. In 2007, Ms. Tandy became the Senior Vice President of International Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions Inc., where she worked as Motorola’s top public policy spokesperson. In that role, she oversaw Motorola’s country management, governance, and compliance issues in over 70 countries, and worked on telecommunications policy and trade regulation issues. Ms. Tandy has a B.S. in Education and a J.D. from Texas Tech University. Ms. Tandy is licensed to practice law in Texas and Virginia.