Erin Buechel Wieczorek is the Deputy Chief External Affairs Officer at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of November 2020, and as of January 2021 is currently serving as the Acting Chief External Affairs Officer.
Before being named to this post she served as CISA’s Associate Chief of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs from February 2018 – December 2020. As the Director for CISA’s Office of Legislative Affairs, she oversaw the execution of the Agency’s legislative agenda and supported the stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) newest component and legislative efforts related to the Agency’s Protect 2020 effort focused on election security.
Under her leadership, CISA realized an increase of more than $500 million above the Agency’s initial budget request; as well as the successful passage of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act of 2018, which established CISA as an independent operational component within DHS; the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act which provided CISA with more than 12 critical additional authorities to improve cybersecurity and resilience; and the DOTGOV Act of 2020 which transferred DOTGOV security from the General Services Administration to CISA as part of the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
Before joining the Department in 2018, Erin spent nearly ten years with various Department of Defense elements working in public and legislative affairs. She most recently spent seven years as the Director of the Strategic Communications Division, managing public affairs, legislative affairs, internal review and social media/graphics for IT acquisition with the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). She also served in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) – now known as the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) – combating direct threats from IEDs in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters through rapid acquisition.
Prior to her Executive Branch service, Erin led Congressional relations and public affairs campaigns at public relations agency Golin (previously GolinHarris) focusing on appropriations, technology and higher education.
Erin started her career in the U.S. Senate. She is a proud Penn Stater and earned her MA in Government with a focus on political communication and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Department of Defense acquisition level III certification in program management and was honored to be a Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellow for three years while completing her graduate studies.