Lisa Monaco


As President Obama’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, Ms. Monaco spent four years in the White House coordinating the Federal government’s crisis management and response to a wide array of risks and challenges—from cyberattacks and pandemics to terrorist threats. Ms. Monaco was personally responsible for advising the president on all aspects of homeland security, cyberpolicy and strategy.

Before the White House, Ms. Monaco spent 15 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as a career Federal prosecutor as well as in senior management positions in the DOJ and the FBI, where she served as Chief of Staff to Director Robert S. Mueller, III. In 2011, she was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to serve in that position. In that capacity, she made combatting national security cyberthreats a top priority.

Ms. Monaco began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a recipient of numerous awards for public service and has been recognized internationally for her work with key allies and foreign governments.