Government Experience

  • Senior Director for Cybersecurity, The White House, National Security Council
  • Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
  • Senior Internet Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce


  • Expert Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Subgroup on Cybersecurity, 2009 – 2011

    Member, U.S. Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, 2008 – 2010

    Member, State of Ohio Privacy Advisory Committee, 2007 – 2009

    Member, Advisory Panel, MacArthur Foundation and NCVC, Technology as a Community Engagement Tool for Crime Prevention, 2006

    Member, Consumer Advisory Board, Microsoft Corporation, 2005 – 2009

    Secretary, Board of Directors, Harvard University Berkman Center, Project,
    2005 – 2010

    Member, Department of Transportation, Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee on Minimum Standards for Driver's Licenses and Personal Identification Cards, 2005

    Member, Technical Advisory Committee, Online Sexual Assault Hotline, 2004 – 2007

    Chair, CFP2002, 12th Annual Computer Freedom and Privacy Conference, 2002

    Member, Maryland Committee on Access to Court Records, 2001

    Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee E-Government Task Force 2000 – 2007

    Member, Advisory Committee, World Wide Web Consortium, 1999 – 2001
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Ari Schwartz

Managing Director of Cybersecurity Services

A leading voice in national cybersecurity policy with over two decades of government and nonprofit sector experience, Ari Schwartz is the Managing Director of Cybersecurity Services for Venable's Cybersecurity Risk Management Group. In his role, Ari directs the establishment of cybersecurity consulting services for Venable, assisting organizations with understanding and development of risk management strategies, including implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework and other planning tools to help minimize risk. Ari also coordinates the Coalition for Cybersecurity Policy and Law, a group of leading cybersecurity companies dedicated to educating policymakers on cybersecurity issues and promoting a vibrant marketplace for cybersecurity technology solutions.

Prior to joining Venable, Ari was a member of the White House National Security Council, where he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Cybersecurity. As Director, Ari coordinated all network defense cybersecurity policy, including critical infrastructure protection, federal network protection, supply-chain efforts, cybersecurity standards promotion, and information sharing. He led the White House's legislative and policy outreach to businesses, trade groups, academics, and civil liberties groups on cybersecurity and developed new policies and legislation, including development of the Executive Orders on the Security of Consumer Financial Protection, Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and Sanctions Against Individuals Engaging in Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities. Additionally, Ari led the successful White House rollout of the Cybersecurity Framework and the White House Cybersecurity Summit held at Stanford University.

Ari also served in the Department of Commerce, where he advised the Secretary on technology policy matters related to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He led the Department's Internet Policy Task Force and represented the Obama Administrations on major Internet policy issues on privacy and security before Congress, at public events, and before the media.

Ari began his career in Washington at OMB Watch. For twelve years, he worked at the Center for Democracy and Technology, including serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, developing legislation and policy related to privacy, cybersecurity, and open government.