Senior Advisor to the Director
Cait Conley is the Senior Advisor to the Director, a role that includes responsibilities supporting CISA’s election security efforts. Conley leads CISA’s work in partnering with state and local election officials to manage and reduce risk to the Nation’s election infrastructure.
Conley brings a wealth of election security experience and knowledge to this role having previously served as the Executive Director of the bipartisan Defending Digital Democracy Project, based out of Harvard University’s Belfer Center. As Executive Director, she led the development and implementation of strategies, tools and recommendations for election administrators, election infrastructure providers, campaign organizations and leaders involved in democratic processes to better defend against cybersecurity threats.
Conley is an experienced combat veteran with demonstrated leadership in global special operations, cyber operations, and counterterrorism. Most recently, Conley served as the Director for Counterterrorism for the National Security Council prior to joining CISA as a Senior Advisor to the CISA Director.
Conley is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Policy Degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.