Ann M. Beauchesne

Ann M. Beauchesne is a Director for Aspen Digital’s cyber and technology programming at the Aspen Institute.  Previously she served as Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute, which works with business organizations to manage and mitigate their complex cyber risk through executive training, customized consulting, and information sharing. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the Institute’s successful cybersecurity risk oversight education program, providing strategic advice and guidance to senior executives, leading cyber incident tabletop exercises, and directing the Cybersecurity Advisory Council.

Beauchesne has covered cybersecurity and resilience issues on behalf of the business community for more than a decade. As the impacts of attacks on the private sector have grown more significant, she has focused on enhancing national cybersecurity through advocacy, thought leadership, and education.

Recognizing the need to advocate for cybersecurity policies beneficial to industry, Beauchesne, formerly Senior Vice President for National Security and Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, established a cybersecurity working group bringing together more than 200 businesses to identify cyber legislation and regulations affecting industry and advocate for reform with Congress and in federal agencies. To stay ahead of the rapidly shifting cyber environment, she also established a cyber leadership council consisting of 30 companies, associations, and universities of all sizes and providing strategic direction on cutting-edge issues, such as the Internet of Things and encryption. And six years ago, Beauchesne launched the Chamber’s Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Campaign. This premier initiative leveraged partnerships with state and local chambers of commerce to bring cyber experts from the federal government, law enforcement, and the private sector together with small and midsize businesses to share best practices and low-cost resources to protect from and respond to cyber incidents

Beauchesne also has more than 15 years of experience working on domestic terrorism preparedness. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked for the National Governors Association (NGA) where she established its Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and served as its first executive director, identifying policy priorities for governors and their homeland security advisors.

Beauchesne is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the elite Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Defense and Security. She served as a member of Kohl’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, providing strategic advice and direction to corporate leadership. In 2013, Beauchesne was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. 

In addition to drafting the first-ever Governors’ Guide to Homeland Security, Beauchesne writes extensively on cybersecurity, homeland security, terrorism, emergency management, natural disasters, and nuclear weapons.