Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Policy
Office of Personnel Management
My team develops and maintains the policies and procedures used to govern the Cybersecurity program for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). We monitor changes to Federal laws, regulations, executive orders, policies, and guidelines that provide requirements and guidance for the operation of the program. We also provide reports to OPM executive management and external agencies on the program’s performance. We raise awareness and provide guidance to OPM employees on many Cybersecurity topics, in order to protect OPM information systems and the data they process.
As the agency responsible for providing human resources leadership and support to Federal agencies, OPM maintains extensive and vital information on the Federal workforce. Our work helps hold the information technology services provided by OPM to Federal agencies and the American people to high standards for security and efficiency.
Performance Analyst, Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
As a Performance Analyst within the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, I am one of the leads for the Email Rationalization initiative under the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) focusing on addressing email as a threat vector as email has been the means for several large scale, critical cyber-attacks. As a desk officer, I conduct analyses and oversight on the Federal government’s $80 billion IT Portfolio and serve as a White House liaison to multiple agencies for all information technology (IT) investment oversight, including working with agencies to strengthen their cybersecurity posture and aid in incident response when necessary.
I previously worked at the Department of the Treasury where I had oversight of the Treasury's 45M+ IT Infrastructure portfolio. Prior to my work at Treasury, I began my federal career at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2012 supporting the oversight of BLS’s 125M+ IT application development effort. I served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 2010 - 2012 where I worked on adult literacy issues including founding my own initiative, with the goal to teach women to read, write, and become financially literate.
Program Manager, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has a mission to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. As the Program Manager, I am responsible for the organizational and communications functions in support of the NICE Program Office’s efforts. This includes strengthening education and training across the ecosystem and supporting employers to enhance recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of cybersecurity talent.
Our office has also played a significant role in establishing the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, NIST Special Publication 800-181, which provides a common taxonomy for categorizing cybersecurity work. We refer to the NICE Framework in many efforts that support the growth of the cybersecurity workforce pipeline including resources on the supply and demand of jobs, pathways, reskilling, outreach on career awareness, and more.
U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER)
As a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) recipient, I had the opportunity to interview for cyber positions with a number of Federal agencies. Their missions spanned the full range of what government does, from national security to scientific research to cyber education.
I ultimately chose to join the U.S. Army Cyber Command’s (ARCYBER) inaugural class of civilian interns. Here, I’ve found a startup culture not overladen with government bureaucracy. Our small software team works under the mentorship of technical experts from the Defense Digital Service to build cyber capabilities for red team exercises. My team tests the security of DoD systems using malware I wrote.
I believe it’s important to secure the plethora of internet-connected devices we use in our daily lives from cyber-attacks. I’ll study the impact of cyber warfare on international relationships and the role these devices play when I start my Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford next year.