Suzanne Spaulding

Suzanne Spaulding is a former Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, Suzanne was effectively the CEO, with a rank equivalent to a four-star general, managing a $3 billion budget, and a workforce of 18,000. She was charged with strengthening cybersecurity and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.  She led the transformation of budget, acquisition, analytic, and operational processes to bring greater agility and unity of effort to an organization that had experienced dramatic growth through acquisition of new entities and missions over several years.

Throughout her career, Suzanne advised CEOs, boards, and government policymakers on how to manage complex security risks across all industry sectors. At DHS, she led the development and implementation of national policies for infrastructure protection, including support for National Security Special Events at stadiums, and other public venues, and development of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. She worked with industry to establish CEO-level coordinating councils in the electric and financial services sectors and chaired the federal government’s Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative to identify and address key cyber vulnerabilities in the national aviation system. She worked with many foreign governments on critical infrastructure and cybersecurity, including negotiating agreements with China and Israel, and led security regulation of the chemical industry, biometrics and identity management, emergency communications, and the Federal Protection Service.

Ms. Spaulding served in Republican and Democratic administrations and for both sides of the aisle in Congress. She was General Counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Minority Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  She also spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she was Legal Adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence’s Nonproliferation Center.

She is senior advisor for Homeland Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, member of the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group, former chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and founder of the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.