Former Assistant Secretary, Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention, Department of Homeland Security
Elizabeth Neuman recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she led eight teams addressing a wide range of programs and policy including combatting human trafficking, Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS), identity management, screening and vetting, aviation security, Visa Waiver Program, and countering hostile nation states, terrorists and transnational criminal organizations. During her tenure, she expanded the Office’s focus to address emerging threats – such as the rise of domestic terrorism – and built partnerships with cybersecurity agencies to ensure a comprehensive, risk-based, understanding of all nefarious actors and the new weapons they use which take advantage of our hyper connectivity and digital dependence. Her efforts to champion domestic prevention and galvanize bi-partisan support among federal government executives, the Congress, outside experts, and State and Local partners, resulted in a 1,200% annual budget increase to address domestic terrorism. For two decades, Ms. Neumann has created and implemented multiple government-wide reforms. She served on the inaugural staff of the Homeland Security Council in the Bush Administration, supported the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and authored foundational homeland security policies. She has extensive experience working across multiple security disciplines, including intelligence, law enforcement, emergency management, preparedness, critical infrastructure security and resilience, and cybersecurity. Her expertise includes threat and risk trend analysis; assessing, developing, and executing security doctrine, strategy, policy, and plans; and optimizing organizational development to address emerging risks. Ms. Neumann founded Neu Summit Strategies, LLC which provides global security risk consulting services to a variety of clients. She is a Board Member for the National Immigration Forum where she recently helped launch the Council on National Security and Immigration. She also co-directs the Republican Accountability Project, a project of Defending Democracy Together. Since leaving government, she has continued to educate the public about the threat of violent white supremacists and other extremists and is a passionate advocate for strengthening our counterterrorism tools to address this threat. Ms. Neumann grew up in the Dallas, Texas area and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in the northern Virginia with her husband, two children and new puppy. In post-pandemic life she is looking forward to traveling again to explore cultures, beaches, and good wines, and hiking 14ers in Colorado.