MIKE MCNERNEY: Board Chair
Mike McNerney is a cybersecurity strategist and startup advisor, based in Palo Alto, California. In this capacity, he supports public and private sector clients on corporate strategy, government policy, and cybersecurity risk management. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Mike served as a Cyber Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, where he drafted and negotiated key pieces of federal legislation through the congressional process and worked with defense industry, internet service providers and tech companies to develop cybersecurity programs. While there, he also served as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel focusing on telecommunications law. Prior to that position, Mike was appointed as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. State Department. As Foreign Affairs Officer, he pioneered a U.S. government detainee monitoring policy and drafted a national strategy for fighting corruption in Afghanistan. Mike is also a veteran of the US Air Force, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, East Bay, an Affiliate at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, and a Truman National Security Fellow. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, and earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law.