Master of Arts in Government, May 1999. Johns Hopkins University.
Thesis on Information Warfare/Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology, December 1995.
State University of New York, College at Oswego.
CAREER POLITICAL EXPERIENCE
Special Assistant, The White House, National Security Council (NSC), Washington, D.C. (7/98-6/99)
- Composed monthly briefing paper to the President informing him of all significant cables and correspondence that were sent in his name.
- Edited reports, inquiries, correspondence and meeting papers that were submitted to the President, National Security Advisor, Staff Director and Executive Secretary.
- Prepared briefing books for the President, Vice President, National Security Advisor, Cabinet Members and White House staff for their use on official trips.
- Provided support to National Security Advisor, Deputy National Security Advisor and Executive Secretary in the office and on official travel.
- Received outstanding performance award in September 1998.
Staff Assistant, The White House, NSC, Washington, D.C. (4/96-7/98)
- Reviewed and assessed all incoming correspondence, memorandum and reports to the NSC ensuring correct dissemination to appropriate staff for action.
- Designed and created database for tracking of weekly reports to National Security Advisor and Executive Secretary on the status of Presidential Correspondence.
- Responded to staff inquiries and researched information on legislation, international relations and national security related issues.
- Responsible for dissemination of national security information to National Security Advisor and President.
- Received outstanding performance award from the NSC in October 1997.
Information Security Risk Manager, CSRA, Falls Church, VA (December 2000-present). Company previously known as SRA International, Inc. until November 30, 2015.
(Working remotely from Rochester, NY since February 2006)
CSRA Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) (April 2016-Present)
- Information Security Risk Manager for CSRA. Lead a team of 10 people. Responsibilities include overseeing CSRA’s:
- Cyber security Assessment & Authorization (A&A) process which requires all new systems to undergo a security review prior to being placed in the production environment on the network.
- Continuous monitoring program, which involves testing the security controls contained in NIST SP 800-171 for systems already in production.
- Third party risk and vendor compliance program, which involves a cyber security assessment of all third party vendors who receive and/or host CSRA data.
- Information security awareness program. Review course and training material developed by Cyber Security Policy and Compliance Manager.
Information Technology Services (ITS) group (July 2011-March 2016)
- Manager of CSRA’s third party risk and vendor compliance program. Created process for assessing third party vendors to ensure they have implemented appropriate security controls to protect CSRA data that is shared with them. This includes developing a security questionnaire for each vendor, conducting phone interviews and writing up a security risk report for senior management review.
- Manage CSRA’s information security awareness program. This includes developing and conducting content for the annual security awareness training, writing security-related articles for employees, creating content in support of cyber security awareness month (annually each October), providing copy for security awareness posters, and administering the company’s internal Phishing campaign.
- Develop role-based security training for operations group in ITS. Topics have included training for systems administrators and application testers.
- Develop information security policies and guidelines in response to new/emerging technologies (such as employee use of social media, mobile devices and appropriate behavior of non-employees) and review and revise existing information security policies and guidelines (such as employee system access agreement and media disposal) on an ongoing basis.
- Wrote SRA Corporate Network System Security Plan (SSP) based on the principles contained in National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53 rev 4 “Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations.” Review and update the SSP as needed.
- Conducted vulnerability scans of the SRA Corporate Network servers using the McAfee Vulnerability Manager Software tool and wrote up scan results. (July 2012-July 2013).
Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC) 23rd Legislative District (LD) Member (9/06-present)
23rd LD Chair (2009-2013)
23rd LD Secretary (2007-2009)
- Attend monthly LD meetings, help distribute petitions, collect petition signatures for designated Democratic candidates, help recruit new committee members and meet with the officers at their monthly meeting to set the agenda for meetings and programs of the 23rd Legislative District
Democratic Candidate for Monroe County Clerk (2008)
Volunteer on Multiple Campaigns including Harry Bronson and Joe Morelle’s Assembly Campaigns; MCDC Volunteer
- Campaign duties have included: organized volunteers, made phone calls to MCDC members and constituents in support of Assembly campaigns, distributed lawn sign lists to volunteers, delivered yard signs and bumper stickers to constituents, and performed literature distribution (lit drops) to constituent residences.
- MCDC volunteer activities included: made phone calls to voters in support of campaigns including Get Out The Vote (GOTV) calls the week before the election, and assisted MCDC Headquarters with assembling invitations in support of the MCDC Fall 2006 Fall Dinner fundraiser.
Campaign Manager, Re-elect Al Eisenberg for Virginia Delegate (1/05-11/05)
- Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the campaign including: visibility, outreach, fundraising, canvassing, and directing staff and volunteers.
- Doubled attendance at fundraiser and increased donations by 40% from 2003.
Constituent Services for Delegate Al Eisenberg’s District Office (1/04-1/06)
- Handled all constituent requests and correspondence sent to the district office.
2005 Arlington, Virginia Joint Campaign Visibility Chair (6/05-11/05)
- Managed Arlington Democrats booth at two weekly Arlington County Farmer’s Markets. Accountable for staffing both markets with volunteers, training volunteers, communicating Democratic message to voters, and signing up additional workers to help with other areas of the campaign. (Also coordinated farmer’s market during 2004 Presidential campaign.)
- Oversaw distribution of literature at public venues such as metro stops, libraries, campaign rallies, and other community events.
Precinct Captain for Arlington, Virginia Clarendon Precinct (1/04-2/06)
- Precinct was inactive for 2 years; had to rebuild from the ground up.
- Led all precinct activities including: fundraising, canvassing, identifying new voters, literature drops, and support for election-day.
- Placed 8th among 46 Arlington precincts in funds raised for annual “Dollars for Democrats” campaign (up from the one of the lowest performing in 2003).
- Spearheaded effort to identify new Democratic voters in precinct. Courted new voters to support Democratic candidates and volunteer for precinct activities.
- Increased the number of constituents signing precinct endorsement letter of Arlington County Democratic candidates to 22 signers (up from five in 2003).
- Held house party in support of Virginia Democratic Governor nominee Tim Kaine. Wrote and sent out invitations, contacted
- Democratic supporters and new voters to encourage their attendance. House party increased visibility, “get-out-the-vote,” and overall support for Tim Kaine
- Received Arlington County Democratic Committee’s “Outstanding Precinct Award” for 2004.