KIERSTEN E. TODT
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER
Kiersten Todt is currently the President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She develops risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management, and higher education clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Ms. Todt advises senior executives and Boards on cyber risk management, including the development and execution of tabletop exercises and relevant senior-level education and training programs. She also provides strategic advice and counsel to senior leaders in industry and government.
She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The Commission was established by Executive Order 13718 in February 2016 and delivered its report on cybersecurity and the digital economy to President Obama on December 1, 2016. In this capacity, she was responsible for convening six public Commission meetings and leading the twelve commissioners, who are leaders from industry, government, academia, and law enforcement, to develop a consensus document of cybersecurity recommendations.
Prior to this role, she was the President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She was a member of the team supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the development of the Voluntary Cybersecurity Framework called for in President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order 13636 on Cybersecurity. She has served in senior positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. Ms. Todt has commented on homeland security, cybersecurity, and sport security issues in multiple media outlets, including NBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. Her work on crisis management and sport security has been published in relevant journals.
Prior to LGV, Ms. Todt was a partner at Good Harbor Consulting and was responsible for building and managing the company’s North America crisis management practice. Clients included states and localities, large corporations, maritime entities, and college and university systems. Before joining Good Harbor, she worked for Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and was responsible for integrating the private sector into state and local emergency management capabilities; she also developed and executed federal and regional port and cyber security projects. Prior to BENS, she was a consultant for Sandia National Laboratories and worked with the California Governor’s Office to develop the homeland security preparedness plan for the Bay Area. Ms. Todt was also an adjunct lecturer at Stanford University.
Ms. Todt served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. She worked for the Committee Chairman, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and was responsible for drafting the cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, bioterror, and science and technology directorates of the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security.
Before working in the Senate, Ms. Todt served in the Office of the Vice President on domestic policy issues and was responsible for coordinating federal resources with locally-defined needs, specifically focusing on energy and housing issues. She was also the senior advisor on demand-reduction issues to Director Barry. R. McCaffrey at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Ms. Todt graduated from Princeton University, with a degree in public policy from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was selected to be a Presidential Management Fellow in 1999.
ROGER W. CRESSEY
Roger Cressey is a Partner with Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. He most recently served as a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the firm’s cybersecurity practice in the Middle East. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was President and Founder of Good Harbor Consulting LLC, a security and risk management consulting firm.
Mr. Cressey’s government service includes senior cybersecurity and counterterrorism positions in the Clinton and Bush Administrations. At the White House, he served as Chief of Staff of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board from November 2001 – September 2002. He also served as Deputy for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council staff from November 1999 to November 2001. He was responsible for the coordination and implementation of US counterterrorism policy and managed the US Government response to multiple terrorism incidents, including the Millennium terror alert, the USS COLE attack, and the September 11th attacks. For ten years, he served as an on-air counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, appearing on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and CNBC. His commentary has appeared in numerous domestic and international radio and print outlets.
Prior to his White House service, Mr. Cressey served in the Department of Defense and Department of State. His overseas experience includes serving with the US Embassy in Israel and with UN peacekeeping operations in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. While in the former Yugoslavia, Cressey was part of a United Nations team that planned the successful capture of the first individual indicted for war crimes in Croatia. From 2001 – 2006, he taught a graduate course on U.S. counterterrorism policy at Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University.