CESER Leadership

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Puesh M. Kumar

Director

Puesh Kumar leads DOE’s mission to address cyber, physical, and natural hazards and threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure. Kumar has over 15 years of experience in grid modernization, cybersecurity, and emergency response within the energy sector.

Most recently, Kumar was the principal manager for cybersecurity engineering and risk management at Southern California Edison. There, he led a team that addressed cyber threats to critical infrastructure at one of the largest electric utilities in the United States.

Kumar previously served as director of preparedness and exercises for CESER’s Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration division and as senior advisor for policy and strategy at CESER. In those capacities, he led the development of national-level policies, strategies, and programs related to energy sector hazards and threats.

Kumar has also held industry positions at the American Public Power Association as director of engineering and operations and at Memphis Light, Gas, and Water as a power systems engineer.

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Andrew Wills

Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor

Andrew Wills is Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) at the U.S. Department of Energy. As a principal member of the CESER senior leadership team, he supports the Director of CESER in overseeing office-wide strategic planning, programmatic initiatives, communications, budget, and administrative efforts.

Prior to joining the Department, Wills was head of Federal Affairs for Invenergy, where he was Invenergy’s principal liaison to all federal partners to advance Invenergy’s sustainable energy mission. He also served as Director of Federal Affairs and Counsel at the American Public Power Association; Associate Attorney for standards development and corporate law for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation; Summer Associate for Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, and Pembroke; and Law Clerk for the Georgia Transmission Corporation. Wills is 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, and a 2014 cum laude graduate of the UGA School of Law.

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Monica Neukomm

Acting Principal Deputy Director

Monica Neukomm is the Acting Principal Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). In this role, Neukomm oversees the planning and execution of CESER’s portfolio, and collaborates with offices across the Department to integrate cyber, physical, and natural hazards solutions into DOE’s research, development, and deployment activities.

Neukomm has held multiple leadership roles within DOE, most recently leading implementation of the Department’s $62 billion investment under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  Since 2009, she has served in numerous capacities solving the nation’s energy system challenges in the Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, White House Council for Environmental Quality, and Office of the Undersecretary for Energy.

Prior to joining the Department, Neukomm held positions in NGOs and the private sector. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor's degree from University of Oregon, and is a proud Teach for America Baltimore corps alumnus.

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Mara Winn

Deputy Director, Preparedness, Policy and Risk Analysis

Mara Winn is the Deputy Director for the Preparedness, Policy, and Risk Analysis (PPRA) division of the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). In this role, Winn leads the division in supporting energy sector security and resilience through strong, two-way coordination and communication with the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) government and industry partners. 

Prior to joining the DOE, Winn was the Associate Director for Planning and Coordination at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) National Risk Management Center. She oversaw planning and collaboration activities focused on addressing the Nation's highest priority critical infrastructure risks, originating from cyber-attacks and other hazards. Winn has more than twenty years of experience in all stages of acquisition management, systems engineering, project management, and product development life cycles from analysis through implementation and closeout. She has led teams across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the areas of risk management, radiological and nuclear detection, transportation security, and immigration, as well as in medical device development in the private sector. 

Winn received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Smith College and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College, and is a graduate of the DHS Senior Executive Services Candidate Development Program. Winn also holds a Certificate in Project Management from Boston University, is a certified Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP), and holds several technical certifications. 

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Fowad Muneer

Acting Deputy Director, Risk Management Tools and Technologies

Fowad Muneer leads the Risk Management Tools and Technologies (RMT) Division at CESER, overseeing the research and development (R&D) of technologies, capabilities, and guidance for energy sector resilience. Muneer led cybersecurity preparedness and response programs and various R&D and commercialization efforts within DOE before this role. He has also served as a DOE representative to the National Security Council for several cybersecurity initiatives and committees.

Muneer has 20 years of experience leading strategic, technical, and policy aspects of enterprise and national security efforts. He has conducted numerous engagements for U.S. and multinational electricity, oil, and chemical critical infrastructure facilities. He has served as an information systems security officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Education. Before this, Muneer was a technology consultant in the information technology and telecom sectors and a technology risk manager at a Fortune 50 financial services company. For the latter, he led security assessment and improvement efforts for computer network operations and information security departments and managed enterprise operational risks.

Muneer is a contributing author of several security publications. He has been the lead DOE cybersecurity representative in numerous international cybersecurity engagements, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Brazil, Panama, Israel, Japan, the Group of Seven (G7), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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Ken Buell

Acting Deputy Director, Response and Restoration

Ken Buell is the Acting Deputy Director for Response and Restoration at the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER).  In this role, he leads CESER’s Emergency Response Team, and ensures the capability to effectively and efficiently respond to all hazards impacting or potentially impacting energy systems.  He also serves as the lead for Emergency Support Function #12 (ESF#12) under FEMA’s National Response Framework.

Prior to joining the Department, Buell was the Director of Measurement and Reporting at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection, where he lead Congressionally mandated reporting on the state of national critical infrastructure.  Additionally, he lead the development of the office’s performance metrics, creation of a Quarterly Program Review, and the development of the 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.

Buell is a 30 year veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a combat search and rescue helicopter pilot, Navigator of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, and faculty at the National Defense University.

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Douglas MacIntyre

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Petroleum Reserves

Douglas MacIntyre is the Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Petroleum Reserves in the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and program direction in the management and operation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, and Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserve.

Prior to joining the Department in 2016, MacIntyre served in many capacities at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), where he was responsible for EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, the country analysis briefs, EIA’s oil disruption analysis, and EIA’s oil data collection, as well as many other activities.

MacIntyre earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Science Statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now called the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy).

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Marsha L. Manning

Acting Chief Operating Officer

Marsha L. Manning is the Acting Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate Business Office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). In this role, she oversees the Corporate Business office consisting of the Human Capital and Administration, Operations, Procurement and Financial Service, and the Budget Services Divisions.   

Since beginning her career at the department as a contract employee in 2007, Manning has held multiple roles within DOE, most recently as Chief Operating Officer U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). During this role she was integral in the establishment of business operations policies, leading the office’s budget formulation and execution efforts and the development of human capital strategy and hiring plans. Prior to joining CESER in 2019, Manning was a Senior Budget Analyst in the Office of Policy. Prior to this she held many positions within the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. 

Manning holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Administration from Bowie State University. Chief Information Officer certification from the National Defense University, a graduate of the Excellence in Government Leadership program and has maintained her Project Management Professional certification since 2009.