National Infrastructure Advisory Council Members

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) is the only executive council that examines cross-sector critical infrastructure security and resilience issues and provides recommendations to the President on how to secure the nation’s infrastructure. The Council includes up to 30 senior executives appointed from across the critical infrastructure sectors who volunteer their time to examine these serious issues for the President. Members draw upon their deep experience, engage national experts, and conduct extensive research to discern the key insights that lead to practical federal solutions to complex problems. The Council’s diverse representation of owners and operators from multiple critical infrastructure sectors enables it to effectively identify cross-sector risks and practical ways to mitigate them.

Members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council

  • Council Chair: Ms. Constance H. Lau
  • Council Vice Chair: Dr. Beverly Scott
     
  • Member Bio Sheet (PDF)

Jan Allman

President, Chief Executive Officer, and General Manager at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), a Fincantieri Company

Ms. Allman comes to NIAC with extensive manufacturing and operational excellence experience. Prior to joining MMC, Ms. Allman served as the Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Navistar Corporation, where she and her manufacturing team played a pivotal role in helping to reinvent Navistar's manufacturing landscape. Under Ms. Allman's leadership, Navistar's vehicle and engineer manufacturing plants across North America implemented numerous rigorous standardized systems and processes and established dedicated onsite quality resources. These efforts resulted in significant improvements to the quality of Navistar's products and greater customer satisfaction.

Ms. Allman began her career with the Ford Motor Company at the Lima, Ohio, engine plant at the age of 19. She ended up spending 26 years at Ford in numerous vehicle and powertrain manufacturing roles with increasing responsibilities, with career assignments including engineering and production both in the U.S. and Europe. Her last position at Ford was as Chicago Assembly plant manager, where she was responsible for the plant's overall operation, the safety of its 2,500+ workforce, a $335M annual budget and more than $8B in annual revenue. During her tenure at the Chicago assembly plant, she successfully implemented a lean manufacturing model and launched nine vehicles in three years with a product portfolio complexity unlike any other facility. She and her team continued their focus on safety, improved labor hours per vehicle, exceeded budget targets, and delivered best-in-class quality during a time of rapid change.

Ms. Allman holds a S.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Michigan.

J. Rich Baich

Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

Mr. Baich leads Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Information Security Organization, within Corporate Risk. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2012, he was a principal at Deloitte & Touche, where he led the Global Cyber Threat and Vulnerability Management practice. Previous roles include serving as the Naval Information Warfare officer for the National Security Agency and as special assistant to the deputy director for the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Baich retired from the U.S. military after more than 20 years of service.

Rand Beers

Former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Rand Beers became the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on September 6, 2013. Previously he served as Acting Deputy Secretary from May 2013 until September 2013. In June 2009, Beers was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS where he led NPPD’s integrated efforts to reduce risks to physical, cyber and communications infrastructures. Throughout his service at DHS prior to becoming Acting Secretary, Beers was a trusted advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, providing invaluable counsel and guidance on a wide spectrum of homeland security issues, from counterterrorism efforts to cybersecurity.

Prior to the Obama Administration, Beers was the President of the National Security Network, a network of experts seeking to foster discussion of progressive national security ideas around the country, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Mr. Beers served on the National Security Council Staff under four Presidents as Director for Counter-terrorism and Counter-narcotics (1988-1992), Director for Peacekeeping (1993-1995), Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs (1995-1998), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Combating Terrorism (2002-2003). He resigned from the NSC Staff in March 2003 and retired from government service in April 2003. Following his departure, he served as national security advisor for the Kerry campaign (2003-2004).

Beers began his professional career as a Marine Corps officer and rifle company commander in Vietnam (1964-1968). He entered the Foreign Service in 1971 and transferred to the Civil Service in 1983. He served most of his career in the Department of State, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, focusing on the Middle East and Persian Gulf (1992- 1993). He was Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1998-2002) and holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Georges Benjamin

Executive Director at American Public Health Association

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), is well known in the world of public health as a leader, practitioner, and administrator. Benjamin has been the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals, since December 2002. He came to that post from his position as secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he played a key role developing Maryland's bioterrorism plan. Benjamin became secretary of the Maryland health department in April 1999, following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. As Secretary, Dr. Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the state’s Medicaid program.

Benjamin, of Gaithersburg, Md., is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians; he is also a Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

An established administrator, author, and orator, Benjamin started his medical career in 1981 in Tacoma, Washington, where he managed a 72,000-patient visit ambulatory care service as chief of the Acute Illness Clinic at the Madigan Army Medical Center. A few years later, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After leaving the Army, he chaired the Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care at the District of Columbia General Hospital. He was promoted to Acting Commissioner for Public Health for the District of Columbia and later directed one of the busiest ambulance services in the nation as interim director of the Emergency Ambulatory Bureau of the District of Columbia Fire Department. Prior to joining APHA, he was the chief executive of the state of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a cabinet level agency.

Benjamin also serves on the boards of Research America, Partnership for Prevention and the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

William Terry Boston

Former Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection

Mr. William Terry Boston served as Chief Executive Officer of PJM Interconnection until October 2015. Mr. Boston served as an Executive Vice President of Power System Operations of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for American Superconductor Corp. from 1999 until January 2008. Mr. Boston has more than 30 years of experience with TVA and oversaw the planning, building, operating, and maintaining of one of the nation's largest transmission and power supply networks. He also provided for transmission and related services to neighboring systems.

Mr. Boston served as Vice Chairman of the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He also served as Vice President of CIGRE, the international Industrial Council of Large Electric Systems. He has been Director of The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc., and has served on the Executive Committee for the Electric Power Research Institute National Reliability Initiative, on the board of Directors for the North American Energy Standards Board, and on the Board's stakeholder committee for the North American Electric Reliability Council.

He holds B.S. in Engineering from Tennessee Tech and M.S. in Engineering Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Robert O. Carr

Founder and Former CEO, Heartland Payment Systems

Robert Owen Carr founded Heartland Payment Systems, one of the world's largest processors of debit and credit card transactions. He is also an author and the leader of the "Give Something Back Foundation," a major education philanthropy that provides scholarships and mentoring for students of modest means.

In an era of widespread cyberattacks, Carr earned widespread praise for his response to a massive data breach at his company that was discovered in 2009. After the attack, the company developed an end-to-end encryption system to protect sensitive information. Heartland, which was based in Princeton, New Jersey, shared its malware with competitors to help them guard against similar breaches. He also took the lead in forming the Payments Processing Information Sharing Council, an industry group that works with law enforcement to combat cyber fraud.

In his book, "Through the Fires: An American Story of Turbulence, Business Triumph and Giving Back," Carr describes his hardscrabble childhood in rural Illinois. A $250 scholarship he received as a senior at Lockport Township High School in 1963 inspired him decades later to establish the fund for students facing financial adversity. His forthcoming book, "Working-Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue Collar America," explores the challenges facing students who endure hardship and offers strategies to reach college and commencement without incurring debt.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in three years with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. In his fourth year, he earned a master's degree in the university's first graduate program in computer science.

Albert J. Edmonds

Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.), President and CEO of Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc.

Albert J. Edmonds, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.), President and CEO of Alexandria, Virginia- based Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc., (EES) a technical services company offering high level consulting, and Logistics Applications Inc. (LAI), providing logistical support services, has more than 30 years of experience leading and supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) information technology (IT) community.

In addition to leading EES and LAI, Edmonds currently serves as a Presidential appointee on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee, which advises the White House on cybersecurity. In November 2008, Mr. Edmonds was appointed to the U.S. Proxy Board of Thales Communications, Inc., an international supplier of secure, tactical, miniature communications systems. He is past Chairman of the Board of Mirius, a software development joint venture of Solers and FGM Inc.

As President of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) U.S. Government Division, Mr. Edmonds was responsible for ensuring U.S. federal, civilian, military, state, and local clients achieved unparalleled results in the digital economy. He oversaw all aspects of the company’s relationship with the government, from strategic growth planning to delivery of the corporate services portfolio.

As Vice President of the Government Global Industry Group, Mr. Edmonds was responsible for providing leadership and information technology services to government activities worldwide. He managed a portfolio exceeding $3.5 billion, including the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract, which, as of 2000, was the largest contract ever awarded by the U.S. DoD IT community. From June 1994 to June 1997, Mr. Edmonds was Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Under his leadership, DISA played a key role in developing the Defense Information Infrastructure and Common Operating Environment. He also served as Manager of National Communications Systems and directed the U.S. President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

Mr Edmonds is the former Chairman and current member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America, and a member of the Air Force C4 Association. Mr Edmonds is a graduate of the Senior Officials in National Security Program at Harvard University.

William J. Fehrman

President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Mr. Fehrman leads Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a diversified global holding company that owns subsidiaries principally engaged in energy businesses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Philippines. He is one of the chief executive officers chosen to represent the electric industry on the ESCC, and he also serves as vice chair of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) Member Executive Committee.

Benjamin Fowke

Chairman, President, and CEO, Xcel Energy

Ben Fowke is chairman, president, and CEO of Xcel Energy, a leading U.S. energy company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Xcel Energy provides electricity and natural gas service for millions of customers in eight states.

Fowke has extensive operating and financial experience in the energy business, having served as Xcel Energy’s president and chief operating officer, as well as vice president and chief financial officer. He also led the company’s commodities trading and marketing operations and now serves on the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Insurance Mutual, and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. In the community, Fowke serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Business Partnership and Greater MSP and is an advisory board member of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.

He received his Bachelor of Science from Towson University and holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate.

Margaret E. Grayson

Consultant, E2M, LLC

Grayson has focused much of her career on finance, policy, regulatory compliance and risk management of technology companies and federal, state, local, and tribal government entities. She began her career with Honeywell Aerospace and Defense in 1980 as Manager of General Accounting.

Expanding her work in the field of finance and accounting for technology innovation companies, she joined Spacelab, Inc. in the mid 90s. Spacelab was formed as a public-private partnership. Sponsored by NASA, the International Space Station, contributing nations, and private sector investors, it functioned as a proof of concept for enabling government and private sector pharmaceutical and research organizations to perform microgravity research projects on board the space shuttle and the international space station.

She joined V-ONE Corporation in 1999 and became President, CEO, and Director of V-One Corporation in 2000. V-One Corporation was a pioneer in the design and development of application layer security software products for federal, state, local, and tribal governments as well as commercial entities. In her role as President and CEO, she worked closely with certain Federal agencies in the requirements and design of security products and developed significant expertise in cybersecurity, data integrity, and information sharing in wired, wireless, and satellite networks and design of secure data transport architectures.

In 2002, Ms. Grayson was appointed by the President to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. She is an expert in cybersecurity and information sharing and has participated in several comprehensive studies on critical infrastructure protection and resilience.

Ms. Grayson also serves on the board of directors for public and private companies and is on the Dean's Council and Advisory Board of the School of Business at the State University of New York in Buffalo.

George Hawkins

Former CEO and General Manager, District of Columbia Water and Sewage Authority

George Hawkins serves as CEO and General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water). Upon his arrival in 2009, Mr. Hawkins launched an ambitious agenda to transform DC Water into a customer-oriented enterprise that is driving innovation and delivering improved value to its ratepayers. The core goal is to improve aging infrastructure while complying with stringent regulatory requirements.

DC Water is implementing the $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project to nearly eliminate overflows of sewage and stormwater to the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek. DC Water has invested $950 million to achieve the next level of nutrient reductions to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. DC Water is also nearing completion of a

$470 million waste-to-energy program to help manage solids being removed from reclaimed water while generating 13 megawatts of green power. Finally, Mr. Hawkins tripled the rate of DC Water’s program to replace water and sewer infrastructure.

DC Water is also driving industry leading efforts in customer engagement, including a vibrant social media presence; science and engineering research and development; and product development and licensing. DC Water employs an Innovation Chief and is designing a crowd sourcing program to encourage innovative ideas from staff and then customers, and to support a utility driven business incubator for businesses and local jobs. Mr. Hawkins has also launched DC Water Works!, a program to experiment with cost-efficient techniques to encourage local workforce development and hiring.

Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Hawkins served as director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Previously, Mr. Hawkins was the executive director of several non-profit organizations in New Jersey, including New Jersey Future, the Stony Brook Watershed Association, and the New Jersey Council of Watershed Associations. Mr. Hawkins held senior positions with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and he served Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review, playing an integral role in strengthening environmental protection programs at EPA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Mr. Hawkins began his career practicing law for the Boston firm Ropes & Gray, and is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. Since 1999, Mr. Hawkins has taught Environmental Law and Policy for the Princeton Environment Institute at Princeton University.

Reynold Nelson Hoover

Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Northern Command

Lt. Gen. USNORTHCOM (Ret.) Hoover recently retired from 35 years of government and private industry service. During his career, Lt. Gen. Hoover served as Special Assistant to the President of the
United States for Homeland Security, Chief of Staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Senior Intelligence Service Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Chief Counsel and Assistant Vice President of Law and Risk Management for CSX Intermodal, Inc.
 

Rhoda Mae Kerr

Fire Chief, City of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue

Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, currently the Fire Chief of the Austin Fire Department and President of the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, is a fourth-generation firefighter who began her career in the fire service in 1983. Chief Kerr was sworn in as the President of the Metro Chiefs in May 2016, where she also received the 2016 President’s Award for Distinction.

Prior to beginning her tenure in Austin in 2009, Chief Kerr served in the same position with the city of Little Rock, Arkansas, for five years. She was also Deputy Fire Chief at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for five years, but with that department for more than 20 years; it was the place she began her career in firefighting. Prior to entering the fire service, Chief Kerr was a coach and physical education teacher at the high school level for 12 years.

She served as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) from August 2015 to August 2016, the first time a female has served in that role in the IAFC’s 141-year history. She was also Past Chair of the Human Relations Committee of the IAFC, Past President of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO), and the past Southwest Director of the National Society of Executive Fire Officers. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs’ Association, and is actively involved as a member of the FireRescue magazine Editorial Board and the Austin Area Urban League. She is also a member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association and the Capital Area Fire Chief’s Association, and the International Association of Women in the Fire and Emergency Services. Chief Kerr also serves on the Advisory Committee for St. Edward’s University’s Public Safety Management Program, and was recently honored as a 2013 Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction.

Chief Kerr holds a Master’s in Public Administration (Florida International University), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health (William Paterson University), an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology (Broward Community College), as well as two certifications from the Harvard University program: one for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and the other for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. She is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

Constance H. Lau

President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI)

Constance H. Lau currently serves as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI). She also serves as Chairman of the Board of its two principal subsidiaries, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the electric utility which serves 95% of the state of Hawaii, and American Savings Bank (ASB), Hawaii's third largest bank.

Over her 28 years with HEI, Ms. Lau has held many director and officer positions with the HEI companies, including President and Chief Executive Officer of American Savings Bank from 2001 to 2006. Ms. Lau serves as a board member of Matson, Inc., Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services, Ltd., Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, and represents community banks, thrifts and credit unions in Hawaii and Guam on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. She is also a trustee or director of Punahou School, the Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation.

Ms. Lau holds a B.S. from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Richard H. Ledgett, Jr

Senior Visiting Fellow, The MITRE Corporation; Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA)

Mr. Ledgett is a recognized expert in cyber threats and cybersecurity, with nearly 30 years of experience with the NSA and more than 10 years in the U.S. Army as a cryptologist. He was the first national intelligence manager for cyber at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and oversaw the creation of the Unified Intelligence Strategy for Cyber as principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on cyber matters.

Joan M. McDonald

Director of Operations, Westchester County, New York

In August, 2015, President Obama appointed Ms. McDonald to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Joan is the Principal of JMM Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm focusing on sustainability, organizational innovation and economic competitiveness. 

Joan served as Commissioner in two states. From February 2011 until July 2015, she served as the 11th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), an organization with 8,300 employees and an annual budget of $4 billion. Joan led the Department through various weather events (Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2014 Buffalo “Snovember to Remember”); instituted “the Forward Four,” a national model for capital planning and management; and implemented NYSDOT’s New York Works program, a project delivery method utilizing design build and best value for procurement. As Commissioner, Joan chaired the Northeast Corridor Commission, co-chaired the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force, and served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board.

 Joan received her Bachelor of Arts from LeMoyne College and her Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Kevin M. Morley, PH.D.

Manager, Federal Relations, American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Dr. Morley has more than 20 years of experience evaluating and advancing the resilience of the water sector. In his role at AWWA, he has worked closely with federal agencies and the Water Sector
Coordinating Council to expand mutual aid and assistance via the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN). In addition, he has supported the development of water sector standards and guidance for security and preparedness.

James J. Murren

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MGM Resorts International

Jim Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008. He leads a company of 62,000 employees that provides world-class hospitality and entertainment experiences through its 15 resorts properties in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Detroit; and Mississippi, with new resorts in Maryland at National Harbor, and Springfield, Massachusetts, scheduled to open in 2016 and 2018.

Mr. Murren joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street, where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a period of dramatic growth for the company, including the acquisitions of Mirage Resorts and Mandalay Resort Group.

He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino.  CityCenter—a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail—is among the largest “green” developments globally. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates that sustainability enhances the guest experience.

A native of Fairfield, Connecticut, Mr. Murren graduated from and is a Trustee of Trinity College where he majored in Art History and Urban Studies. He is Chairman of the American Gaming Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, Mr. Murren is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, a professional society for corporate responsibility practitioners. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Leader Award by the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management. In 2013, he was named a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine and Executive of the Year by Casino Journal.

With his wife, Heather, he is actively involved in assisting wounded warriors and their families through the creation of a Fisher House in southern Nevada.

Carl Newman

General Manager, Bush Intercontinental Airport at Houston Airport System

Carl Newman is the General Manager for the Houston Airport System’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). His duties and responsibilities include the daily operations of Houston’s largest airport and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. In addition, Mr. Newman also coordinates the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for IAH, among other duties.

Prior to his position at IAH, Mr. Newman served as Assistant Aviation Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Mr. Newman brings more than 30 years of aviation experience to Houston and held various leadership positions including Deputy Aviation Director, Facilities Superintendent, and Airside Operations Manager.

Mr. Newman is a board member for American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the organization. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Operations, Planning, and Safety Subcommittee for AAAE and served as the Second Vice President of the Southwest Chapter of AAAE. He also served on the board for the Central Arizona Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Kirstjen Nielsen

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Nielsen has more than 15 years of experience in critical infrastructure security resilience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her 16 months as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Nielsen was Principal Deputy Chief of Staff in the Trump Administration; Special Assistant to the President during the George W. Bush Administration; and Senior Director for Prevention, Preparedness, and Response on the White House Homeland Security Council. She has also served as Director of the Office of Legislative Policy at the Transportation Security Administration and has led multiple consulting practices focused on homeland security.

Keith T. Parker

President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of North Georgia

Keith T. Parker, AICP, is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the nation’s ninth largest transit system that includes heavy rail, bus, and paratransit services. With an annual budget of $1B, MARTA provides more than 400,000 passenger boardings a day. Parker took the helm of MARTA on December 10, 2012.

In February 2016, Parker was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which provides the President through the Secretary of Homeland Security with insight and guidance on the security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems across the United States. The council comprises 30 members appointed by the President from private industry, academia, and state and local government.

Ola Sage

Founder and CEO, CyberRx; Chair, Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Ms. Sage has spent more than 20 years improving the cybersecurity readiness of small- and medium-sized businesses through engagement with CEOs, business groups, and Congress. As CEO of CyberRx, she leads the development of software platforms and solutions that businesses can use to track, measure, and improve their cybersecurity health and preparedness. Prior to this position, Ms. Sage was President and CEO of a government focused information technology professional services company for 18 years. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Sage served as the Chair of the Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC). Ms. Sage also serves on the executive committee of the nation’s first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk
Management Task Force, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Beverly A. Scott

Ph.D., CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC

Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, including four appointments as General Manager/CEO – General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation and Rail & Transit Administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority (SRTD), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems.   She has also served in senior level positions at New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the Houston Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Houston METRO).

In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice-Chair.

Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa).

Michael J. Wallace

Former Vice Chairman and COO, Constellation Energy; Member, Cybersecurity Subcommittee, Homeland Security Advisory Council, DHS; Member, Steering Committee, Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC)

Mr. Michael J. Wallace retired in April 2011 as Vice Chairman and COO of Constellation Energy and Chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which includes nuclear generation of 3,869 megawatts, 3 sites, and 5 units in 2 states. In addition, in his capacity as COO, Mr. Wallace had direct responsibility for several different business groups, including the wholly owned subsidiary, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), and the company security organization.

Prior to joining Constellation Energy Group, Mr. Wallace was Managing Director of Barrington Energy Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in energy industry transactions and advisory services. He co-founded the firm in 1998 and advised energy company executives on mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, and market and investment opportunities.

Mr. Wallace has a Bachelor's in Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a specialization in finance. He also served as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force.

Mr. Wallace serves on the Board of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), is an advisor to the CEO, and also chairs the ENEC Board Committee on Nuclear Power.  ENEC is engaged in the construction and operation of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant (4 units, 5,600 megawatts). Mr. Wallace also serves on the Advisory Board of Centrus Energy Corporation, the U.S. based trusted supplier of enrichment uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.

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