Lisa Monaco

Lisa Monaco

Aspen Cybersecurity Group Co-Chair, Partner and Co-Chair, O’Melveny, Data Security & Privacy Group; Distinguished Senior Fellow, NYU Law School Center on Law and Security and Center for Cybersecurity; Former White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor

Lisa served as Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism from 2013 to 2017. She was responsible for advising the President on all aspects of counterterrorism policy and strategy and coordinating homeland security-related activities on issues ranging from terrorist attacks at home and abroad to cybersecurity, pandemics, and natural disasters. Lisa also chaired the Cabinet-level Homeland Security Principals’ Committee, which advises the President on homeland security policy issues and crises.

She now co-chairs O’Melveny’s Data Security and Privacy group and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice Group.

Prior to her service in the White House, Lisa spent fifteen years at the Department of Justice, where she served both as a career federal prosecutor and in senior management positions at the Justice Department and the FBI. She was Counsel to and then Chief of Staff at the FBI. In 2011, Lisa was nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the first woman to serve in that position. Lisa made investigating and prosecuting national security cyber threats a top priority during her tenure and under her leadership, a nationwide network of national security cyber prosecutors was created.

Lisa began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She later served as Counsel to the Attorney General and then as a Federal prosecutor. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.