Sam counsels and represents clients in complex matters involving privacy, cybersecurity and emerging technology, focusing on a broad range of industries from critical infrastructure and telecommunications to homeland and national security service providers. His experience encompasses over a decade of providing counsel to cabinet-level officials, agency heads, and operational executives. He also has extensive experience in managing crises, privacy and data breach incidents, and external oversight. Prior to joining Wiley, Sam served as the Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he led DHS policy development in support of department-wide efforts to reduce national risks with a focus on critical infrastructure cybersecurity, federal network security, countering cyber-crime, and improving the security and resilience of the global cyber ecosystem. He also focused on national resilience initiatives that enhanced federal, state and local government and community preparedness and response capabilities. Sam additionally served as Chief Privacy Officer at DHS where he oversaw the Department’s privacy compliance and information sharing programs, and breach response operations. In this role, Sam was responsible for developing Department-wide privacy and data protection policies, and evaluating new technologies, operations and programs to assess the potential impacts on individual privacy and data security.
- Advised DHS leadership on privacy best-practices and mitigation techniques for the development of new initiatives, to include the implementation and expansion of the Department’s biometrics program and the deployment of sensitive surveillance tools.
- Served as Co-Chair of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Working Group standing up the Federal Government’s National Vetting Center.
- Oversaw the execution of an $18 million budget and supervised federal employees and detailees.
- Developed, implemented, and oversaw DHS’s Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance programs.
- Conducted oversight on counterterrorism activities under Executive Order 12333, examining programs operated by the National Security Agency and the CIA.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience Policy (2020)
- Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Office of the Secretary (2019-2020)
- Chief Privacy Officer and Chief FOIA Officer (2017-2019)
- Counselor to Board Member Elisebeth Collins, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board (2014-2016)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Senior Counsel for Field Operations (2016-2017)
- Chief, Audit Liaison Branch (2013-2014)
- Counsel to Emergency Support Function #13 (2012-2013)
- Congressional Liaison Specialist (2012)
- Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Major Crimes and Narcotics unit (2010-2012)
- Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia (2008-2009)
- Special Assistant to the Director (2007-2009)
- District of Columbia Bar Association
J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
M.A., University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies
B.A., Metropolitan State College of Denver
Bar and Court Memberships
- District of Columbia Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US)
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