Strategic Advisors

Rear Admiral John Acton

Rear Admiral John Acton

Former Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard

Former Rear Admiral Acton works with GTSC to advance our understanding of the Presidential transition and inform us of the activities within DHS and other partner agencies.

Rear Admiral Acton is an Advisor with…

Chief David Aguilar

Chief David Aguilar

Former Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol

David V. Aguilar is the former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In this position, he oversaw more than 43,000 Federal…

Scott Algeier

Scott Algeier

Executive Director, Information Technology Information Sharing & Analysis Center (IT-ISAC)

Scott C. Algeier is the Founder, President and CEO of homeland security consulting firm Conrad, Inc. and Executive Director of the Information Technology…

MCPO-CGRF Mark Allen

MCPO-CGRF Mark Allen

Master Chief Mark H. Allen performed his duties as the fifth Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief from May 2010 through May 2014. As such, he served as the senior reserve enlisted advisor to the Commandant. Master Chief Allen advised him on workforce…
Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong

Mr. Charles R. Armstrong was the Assistant Commissioner (AC) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of Information and Technology (OIT), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As the AC and CIO, Mr. Armstrong was responsible for managing…
Paul Benda

Paul Benda

Partner & Chief Technology Officer, GSIS

Former Director, Science & Technology Directorate, DHS

Former Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA)

Paul Benda is a Partner and Chief Technology Officer at GSIS….

Dr. Steven P. Bucci

Dr. Steven P. Bucci

Director, Allison Center for Foreign Policy and Senior Fellow for Homeland Security & Defense Issues, The Heritage Foundation 

Former Lead Cyber Security Strategist, IBM
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & D…

Robert Burton

Robert Burton

Partner, Venable LLP

Robert A. Burton is a nationally-recognized leader in federal procurement who focuses his practice on assisting government contractors navigate the complex and rule-driven procurement process. He also assists contractors with…

Tom Essig

Tom Essig

Former Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Owner, TWE, LLC

As a senior acquisition professional with more than 30 years experience with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of the Navy (DON), Mr. Essig…

P. Allen Haney

P. Allen Haney

President, P. Allen Haney Company

A trusted advisor to business owners and nonprofit executives, Allen Haney is best known for solving problems. His consul on employee benefits, executive compensation, and retirement planning routinely vitalizes …

Earl Holland

Earl Holland

President, Growth Strategy Consultants

Vice President, Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, DC Chapter

Mr. Holland, Founder, President and CEO of Growth Strategy Consultants LLC, has a strong background in corporate and government…

Amy Hutchens, Esq.

Amy Hutchens, Esq.

Amy Hutchens is Founder and President of CLEAResources, LLC. Most recently, Amy served as General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services at Watermark, LLC. Previously, Amy was a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air…
Greg Marshall

Greg Marshall

Greg Marshall joined the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Chief Security Officer (OCSO) in 2007. In December of that same year, Greg became a member of the Senior Executive Service when he was promoted to Deputy Chief Security Officer….
Mo McGowan

Mo McGowan

Partner, Command Consulting Group

Former Assistant Administrator, Office of Security Operations. U.S. Transportation Security Administration

Former Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, U.S. Transportation Security Administration

Jason McNamara

Jason McNamara

Vice President, Obsidian

Former Chief of Staff to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

As Vice President, Jason McNamara is a member of Obsidian’s executive management team, d…

Michelle Mrdeza

Michelle Mrdeza

Founding Strategic Advisor, Government Technology & Services Coalition

Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government Affairs

As a founding partner of the Government Technology and Services Coalition, Michelle Mrdeza brings more than twenty-three…

Joshua Seckel

Joshua Seckel

Chief Engineer, WhiteHawk
Former Chief of the Applied Technology Division, U.S. Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS)
Josh joins the Government Technology & Services Coalition to help inform and direct efforts to help our government…

Richard L. Skinner

Richard L. Skinner

Former Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Richard L. Skinner, former Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) joins the Coalition to provide members with exceptional insights i…

Tamla Tymus, Esq.

Tamla Tymus, Esq.

Tamla Tymus is an attorney that worked in the inner circles of Capitol Hill for nearly a  decade. She has served as a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow, handled the House Committee on the Judiciary assignments for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)…
Jill Vaughan

Jill Vaughan

Jill Vaughan is a Senior Advisor at GSIS. Ms. Vaughan served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Capabilities and the Chief Technology Officer from December 2014 to December 2016. As Assistant Administrator, Vaughan oversaw the implementation…
Caryn A. Wagner

Caryn A. Wagner

 Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security
Caryn Wagner is currently a consultant and speaker on national and homeland security intelligence issues and an adjunct faculty member at the National Intelligence …
Chani Wiggins

Chani Wiggins

Former Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Principal, The Joseph Group

Chani Wiggins served as the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She led the…

Molly Wilkinson

Molly Wilkinson

Senior Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Regions Financial Corporation

Former Minority General Counsel, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee

Former Minority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight

Molly…

Jim Williams

Jim Williams

Former Commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service

After serving the U.S. Government for over thirty years, Jim retired from the federal government as the Commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Fed…

Charles Winwood

Charles Winwood

Senior Consultant, Border Security and Enforcement

Mr. Winwood has been a self-employed independent consultant since May 2006.  A 30-year Customs Service veteran, he held numerous positions in the agency, including Deputy Commissioner, Acting …