David F. Heyman recently stepped down after five years as Assistant Secretary of Policy for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he was part of the senior management team, with broad responsibilities in policy development, risk analysis, and strategic planning across all five mission areas: counterterrorism, border security, immigration, cybersecurity, and building national resilience to disasters. Mr. Heyman was the chief architect of a number of domestic, bilateral, and global initiatives to bolster U.S. security and prosperity, to include leading the development of the nation’s first ever and second Quadrennial Homeland Security Reviews (QHSR), as well as national strategies and worldwide efforts to bolster aviation and global supply chain security following the 2009 and 2010 attempted terrorist attacks. He also oversaw and coordinated the Department’s international affairs.
Mr. Heyman’s career has included extensive service in national security and international affairs. He has worked in senior staff positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to entering government, Mr. Heyman worked as a computer systems software engineer, and was the head of international operations for a firm developing and deploying industrial automation, robotics, and supply-chain management systems for Fortune 100 companies.