Justin P. Oberman, Chicago
Justin created Assemble based on his experience in government after 9/11 and during Katrina, and his work for companies of all sizes in the private sector. He is frustrated with the pandemic response because he sees so many similarities between all three events, especially ignored warnings, half-baked policies, on-the-fly responses, needless deaths, and massive economic disruption.
Justin helped set up the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was employee #3 of the new agency, beginning in November 2001, and helped develop and execute the government’s efforts to screen, hire, train, and deploy nearly 65,000 employees in 13 months. He later served as a Senior Executive at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for all of TSA’s industry threat-assessment programs.
Since leaving government, he has been an entrepreneur and an advisor to companies including Accenture, Boeing, and Cubic Corporation, as well as more than a dozen early-stage businesses and their financial backers. He focuses on capital-raising and Federal strategy. He has also designed and delivered policy recommendations for city and county officials in his hometown of Chicago.
Ann M. Beauchesne, Washington, D.C.
Ann is a nationally recognized expert on resilience, cybersecurity, and homeland security generally. As the impacts of attacks on the private sector have grown more significant, she has focused on enhancing national cybersecurity through advocacy, thought leadership, and education. Ann runs Assemble’s D.C. operations, including establishing strategic partnerships, managing our work with the Government, and driving our policy agenda.
She has created, expanded, and run programs for the Aspen Institute, Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she established a cybersecurity working group bringing together more than 200 businesses to identify cyber legislation and regulations affecting industry and advocate for reform with Congress and in federal agencies, and the National Governors Association (NGA) where she established its Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.