To spread like wildfire is usually a bad thing. For Connie, sharing (or spreading) information is fundamental and the 9/11 Report would agree. She has been a relentless advocate for the sharing of critical threat and intelligence information over the course of her career – both while she served in government, and in the series of private-sector positions she’s held since her departure.
Connie served as Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security then rose to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs, learning not only how to share information but to work with those charged with creating the framework to share in the future: Capitol Hill.
In her current role as head of national security policy for Google, she continues to work on the two-way flow of information and intelligence between the private sector and government. With a focus on threats, she works to ensure that the most popular search engine in the world is part of the intelligence conversation. She has also focused on efforts to advance the homeland security mission in cybersecurity, the future of travel, and immigration policies affecting the STEM workforce. This is one wildfire we don’t want to stop.