CESER Leadership

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Patricia Hoffman

Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response; Acting Assistant Secretary, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity

Serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Ms. Patricia A. Hoffman also served as Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy from January 2017 until November 2017 when the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark Menezes as Under Secretary of Energy. Ms. Hoffman served as Acting Assistant Secretary for OE from January 2017 until October 2017 when the OE Assistant Secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Ms. Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for OE from June 2010 to January 2017, after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since November 2007. The focus of her responsibility was to provide leadership on a national level to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply both domestically and internationally. This is critical to meeting the Nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our Nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Hoffman served in a dual capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Research and Development (R&D) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) within OE. During her tenure as the DAS for R&D, she developed the long-term research strategy and improved the management portfolio of research programs for modernizing and improving the resiliency of the electric grid. She also initiated a new research effort focused on integrating and distributing renewable energy through the electric grid, such as promoting plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and implementing smart grid technologies to maintain system reliability. As COO, she managed the OE business operations, including human resources, budget development, financial execution, and performance management.

Prior to joining OE, she was the Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. This program guides the Federal government to “lead by example” promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart energy management. Complementing her building energy efficiency experience, she also was the Program Manager for the Distributed Energy Program, which conducted research on advanced natural gas power generation and combined heat and power systems.

Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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Puesh M. Kumar

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

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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Kate Marks

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration

Kate Marks oversees CESER’s efforts to secure critical energy infrastructure against manmade or physical hazards, reduce the impact of disruptive events, and respond to and facilitate recovery from energy disruptions. Marks began her federal service in 2014 as part of the DOE’s Energy Policy and Systems Analysis office, analyzing state and local government energy policy and managing stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining DOE, Marks served as Managing Director at the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in Arlington, Virginia, and as Director of the Energy Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver.

Marks holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University and a Master of Resource Law Studies in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. She has authored numerous publications and testified before state legislatures on energy and climate policy issues.

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Fowad Muneer

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity of Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS)

Fowad Muneer leads the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) 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, and the Group of Seven (G7), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.