Award Recipients

Margaret Maxson

2013 Government Leadership of the Year

On 19 April 2010, Ms. Maxson was appointed to her most recent position, Director of National Cybersecurity Education Strategy at the Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity she leads DHS efforts to build capability within the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) as well as co-leading the training and professional development component of the initiative. DHS requested Ms. Maxson for this position following her previous position as the Education Portfolio Manager on the Director of National Intelligence Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force (JIACTF). At the JIACTF, she led a cybersecurity education subgroup of the White House Information and Communication Infrastructure Interagency Policy Committee (ICI-IPC), which resulted in the accepted recommendation and subsequent implementation of the establishment of NICE.

Ms. Maxson has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Maryland. She is a graduate of the 2005-2006 National Security Fellowship Program at Harvard University, where she focused her studies on leadership and international issues.