Heather Hogsett serves as Vice President of Technology and Risk Strategy at BITS where she focuses on the development of strategic initiatives to support challenges facing member companies.
Prior to joining BITS, Hogsett served as Staff Director for Federal Relations at the National Governors Association, where she oversaw NGA’s federal legislative agenda and activities on cybersecurity, homeland security and defense, emergency management and veterans’ affairs. Hogsett helped establish and direct the Council of Governors – a presidentially-appointed council bringing together 10 governors with the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as senior White House officials – which has established an unprecedented level of cooperation between state and federal military forces. As part of these efforts, Hogsett worked with governors and senior federal officials to improve federal-state coordination on cybersecurity and to gain enactment of legislation to address a long-standing concern regarding the coordination of military forces during disaster response.
Prior to her work at NGA, Hogsett served on the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate. Hogsett holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.