Brian M. White
Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (2007 – 2009) Chief of Staff, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security (2006 – 2007) Director of Cargo, Maritime & Trade Policy, Department of Homeland Security (2006) Professional Staff Member, Senate and House Committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2004 – 2006)
Mr. White, based in San Francisco, leads the West Coast office for the Chertoff Group. At the Chertoff Group, Mr. White primarily focuses on cyber security and innovative technology; and works with large and small technology companies and equity investors that are looking to bring innovative products and services to Government customers. Mr. White has been involved in several key M&A deals since joining The Chertoff Group including advising Waud Capital on their merger of Point One and Summit Solutions as well as Veritas Capital on their acquisition of EIG, now known as the SI.
Mr. White joined the Chertoff Group from Lockheed Martin, where he was a Senior Manager in the Electronics System business. In this role, Mr. White led a $50 million international and domestic business development and strategy team and assisted in coordinating homeland security business across Lockheed Martin.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. White was a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, where he served in numerous capacities. As a Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, Brian was substantively involved in all policy and operational issues at the Department, including the development and execution of the Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative. Mr. White also served as Chief of Staff of the Policy Office, where he managed the day-to-day operations of a $35 million office and served as the primary policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary; as well as served as the Director of Maritime, Trade, and Cargo Security, where he coordinated supply chain security issues across the Department.
Mr. White came to government from the private sector, where he was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. As an Associate with Booz Allen, he principally advised the Department of Defense on various technology issues including biometrics and the use of commercial satellites.
Mr. White holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and a B.S. from Syracuse University where he was a Division 1 student-athlete. Mr. White currently serves as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); a practice associate at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University; a guest lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, and frequent speaker on cyber security issues. Mr. White was also a German Marshall Fund Manfred Woerner Scholar.