August 11 - 12 ● Glacier Canyon Conference Center at the Wilderness ● Wisconsin Dells, WI
PUBLIC / PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP COLLABORATION
FBI Assistant Director, Office of Private Sector
ERIC VÉLEZ-VILLAR serves as Assistant Director of the Office of Private Sector within the FBI Intelligence Branch. Appointed to this position on October 12, 2021, Mr. Vélez oversees efforts to strengthen FBI partnerships with the U.S. private sector, which are vital to our nation’s security.
With almost 37 years of experience in some of the most challenging and responsible positions in government and private industry, Mr. Vélez is well equipped to establish relationships with the private sector. His career in government began in 1985 in the FBI San Juan Division as a computer specialist. From there he moved into the Special Agent role in 1992, working organized crime and drug cases in the McAllen Resident Agency of the San Antonio Field Office, until he returned to San Juan in 1997 to work public corruption and violent crime.
In 2000, Mr. Vélez was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Drug Section at FBI Headquarters and was detailed to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
In 2002, he transferred to the Santa Ana Resident Agency of the Los Angeles Field Office as the Organized Crime/Drug Supervisor and was subsequently reassigned to supervise the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force.
In 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office Counterterrorism Program, overseeing the Orange County, Long Beach, and Inland Empire Joint Terrorism Task Forces.
In 2006, Mr. Vélez was appointed Deputy Director of the Terrorist Screening Center. In 2007, Director Mueller appointed him the first Special Agent in Charge of the newly created Intelligence Division of the Los Angeles Field Office and, in 2009, named him Deputy Assistant Director for the Directorate of Intelligence’s Intelligence Operations Branch.
In 2012, Mr. Vélez was named Assistant Director for the Directorate of Intelligence, eventually becoming the Executive Assistant Director for the Intelligence Branch when Director Comey appointed him to the position in 2014.
Upon his retirement from the FBI in 2016, Mr. Vélez assumed the role of Vice President of Security for Parks, Products, Experiences, and Sensitive Information Protection at the Walt Disney Company. In that position, he was responsible for the security of all Disney parks, resorts, stores, and cruise ships around the world, as well as helping to protect the company’s most sensitive intellectual property. Mr. Vélez went on to establish his own security consulting firm, Vélez Security Solutions, which provided a full spectrum of strategic planning and risk management solutions to corporate security teams. Mr. Vélez holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
He is the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Federal Chief Information Security Office, Office of Management and Budget
In January 2021, Chris DeRusha was appointed as the Federal Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO). Before coming back to federal government, DeRusha served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Biden for President campaign. Prior to joining the campaign in June 2020, he served as the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. DeRusha has extensive experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs and operations both in the public and private sectors. DeRusha led Ford Motor Company’s Enterprise Vulnerability Management program and has over eight years of Federal Government experience working both at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Master’s in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University.