WASHINGTON – Today, Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code, was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Tarika joins 32 other new members on the Council, the principal external advisory body to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, along with such an impressive and diverse group of people,” said Dr. Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code. “The technology and cybersecurity industries offer some of the most consequential jobs in our country, and I look forward to offering insights regarding bolstering workforce opportunities not just for the students we serve at Girls Who Code, but for all people from marginalized communities. It’s imperative that we create policies and partnerships ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has access to education and to the careers of the future.”
“These distinguished leaders have agreed to serve our country as members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at a critically important time not only for our nation, but also for the world,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “Together, we will ensure that the Department is best positioned to meet the challenges we confront today, foresee and be ready for the challenges of tomorrow, capitalize on the power of technological innovation, and serve our country by living up to our highest ideals. Our Department is privileged to benefit from the experience, vision, and creativity of these incredibly accomplished individuals.”
As a member of the Council, Tarika and other Council members will provide strategic advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Homeland Security, a member of the President’s Cabinet. DHS is the third-largest Cabinet department, responsible for a broad portfolio of domestic security matters from cybersecurity and emergency management, to aviation and border security, to countering child exploitation and the provision of the legal immigration system. Through the Council, Tarika will help define DHS’s strategic vision, strengthen the Department to better meet the increasingly dynamic and rapidly evolving threat landscape, and harness technology and innovation to modernize the programs it administers.
The Council was originally established in 2003 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a federal law that governs the establishment and operation of committees that provide consensus advice to a federal government agency. Secretary Mayorkas has reimagined the Council to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that an evolving homeland security landscape presents.
The Council will convene for its first meeting on March 21, 2022. For more information about the Council, visit here.
Secretary Mayorkas has appointed the following individuals to the HSAC:
Jayson Ahern, Principal, The Chertoff Group
John Allen, President, The Brookings Institution
Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chairman, Silverado Policy Accelerator
Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, Chairwoman, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah
Mary Barra, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company
Tarika Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, Girls Who Code
Noah Bookbinder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle Corporation
Catherine Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Polaris
Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of DHS and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group
Carrie Cordero, Senior Fellow & General Counsel, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Lynn Good, Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, Duke Energy
Jamie Gorelick, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP
Danielle Gray, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Jane Harman, Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, The Woodrow Wilson Center
Robert Isom, Incoming Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines
Carie Lemack, Co-Founder, Zed Factor Fellowship
Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines Holdings, Inc.
Michael Masters, National Director & Chief Executive Officer, Secure Community Network
Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
Janet Murguía, President and Chief Executive Officer, UnidosUS
Leon Panetta, Former Secretary of Defense and Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Ted Schlein, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins (KPCB)
Sonal Shah, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Network Operations, United Way Worldwide, and Founding President, The Asian American Foundation
Ali Soufan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Soufan Group, LLC
Todd Stern, Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Vincent Talucci, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, National Sheriffs’ Association
Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani, LLC
Lynda R. Williams, Immediate Past President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Patrick Yoes, National President, Fraternal Order of Police
Wendy Young, President, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)