Krista Sweet, Director of Policy

Krista Sweet is the Director of Policy at the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the Council’s thought leadership efforts, executive tours, strategic partnerships and major projects. She leads the planning and execution of the Council’s initiatives on acquisition reform, cybersecurity, border security & immigration reform, and the advancement of technology in homeland security. She has led and participated in efforts with DHS and other federal agencies to plan reverse industry days, industry perspective seminars, mock debriefings, mock industry bid / no bid reviews, and other workshops that focus on improving communication and engagement between government and industry during the acquisition process.

Before joining the Council in 2011, Sweet worked for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and served as the Maryland State Program Manager to the National Capital Region Urban Area Security Initiative. In this role, she was the principal advisor to the Director of MEMA and the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor on all matters involving the executive oversight and policy direction of the multi-state homeland security program for Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. She helped advise the region on how to spend millions of dollars in homeland security grant funds received annually by the Department of Homeland Security. She also served on a number of regional homeland security working groups, including the modeling and analysis group that helped develop the 2011 report entitled, “National Capital Region Key Response Planning Factors for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism.”

From 2005 – 07, Sweet was a staff attorney at the Center for Health and Homeland Security and advised Maryland state agencies on legal and policy issues involved with preparing for and responding to catastrophic health emergencies. In 2006, she served as a public health legal instructor at a NATO Security Through Science Advanced Study Institute course held in Macedonia on “Strengthening Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Threats.” Prior to getting involved in homeland security, Sweet spent three years in private legal practice at a litigation firm in Baltimore.

Sweet received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D., with a concentration in health law, from the University of Maryland School of Law.