Chair & CEO
Kristina Tanasichuk founded the Government Technology & Services Coalition in 2011 after several small business CEOs approached her about how they could band together to face an increasingly competitive Federal market. She has grown the Coalition to over 150 companies and is responsible for the growth, content, strategy and day to day operations of the Coalition. She has over 20 years of lobbying and advocacy experience on behalf of non-profit associations and coalitions on Capitol Hill and with Federal agencies. Tanasichuk also serves as President of InfraGard National Capital Members Alliance, a public-private partnership with the FBI, and is the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a professional development organization for women in the field of homeland security that has grown to nearly 4500 members. She also co-founded and served for two years as executive director of the American Security Challenge, an event that awards monetary and contractual awards in excess of $3.5 million to emerging security technology firms.
Prior to founding the Government Technology & Services Coalition she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), an organization for large corporations in the federal homeland security market. She was responsible for thought leadership and programs, strategic partnerships, internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. She managed the Council’s Executive Brief Series and strategic alliances, as well as the organization’s Thought Leadership Committee and Board of Advisors.
Tanasichuk was also event director for the largest homeland security conference and exposition in the country where she created and managed three Boards of Advisors representing physical and IT security, first responders, Federal, State and local law enforcement, and public health. She determined conference curriculum, established all of the strategic partnerships, and managed the communications and media relations.
Tanasichuk began her career in homeland security shortly after September 11, 2001 while at the American Public Works Association where she managed homeland security and emergency management issues before Congress and the Administration. She worked on first responder issues, critical infrastructure protection, water, transportation, utility and public building security. Prior to that she worked on electric utility deregulation and domestic energy issues for a boutique lobbying firm and as professional staff for the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Tom Bliley. Tanasichuk has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, several Washington, D.C. associations representing both the public and private sectors, and the White House under President George H.W. Bush.
She also contributes to numerous charities and organizations supporting the homeland community. Tanasichuk served on the U.S. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board and as a trustee on the Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation.
She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned her Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. She has also graduated from both the FBI and DEA Citizens’ Academies and the Marine Corps Executive Forum. Honors include AFCEA International Small Business Person of the Year (2016), “Woman of Excellence” by HERLIFE magazine, nominated as Hottest Friend of the Entrepreneur by the Northern Virginia Technology Council, honored by the National Association of Woman Owned Businesses as a Distinguished Woman of the Year Finalist and also nominated by the USCG for U.S. Coast Guard Spouse of the Year.