Richard Ward is Director of National Security Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), where he focuses on cyber and physical security issues, infrastructure protection, preparedness, and incident response, for the electric power industry. In this role, Rich is also responsible for engaging external stakeholders, including state and federal policymakers, media, think tanks, and academia on security issues.
In addition to his role at EEI, Rich also serves as a member of the Secretariat for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which is coordinating efforts to address national-level threats to critical infrastructure, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force and Cybersecurity Leadership Council.
Prior to joining EEI, Rich served as communications advisor and speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and as Senior Press Advance Representative at the White House for President George W. Bush.
Rich received a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in Government and Political Communications from Johns Hopkins University. He also received continuing education in cybersecurity from Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program. Rich lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and daughter.