Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, House Committee on Homeland Security
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
Moira E. Bergin serves as Subcommittee Director for the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications at the House Committee on Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Committee, Ms. Bergin served as law clerk to the Honorable Kathryn Grill Graeff at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and as Senior Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter of New York.
Ms. Bergin earned her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in May 2010, where she served as Note and Comment Editor for the Catholic University Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2003. Ms. Bergin is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland and will be admitted to practice in the State of New York in 2014.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Benjamin Bradley currently serves as Legislative Aide for United States Senator Marco Rubio (FL) in Washington, DC where he is responsible for the Senator’s policy on commerce, agriculture, energy, cybersecurity and trade issues. While working with Senator Rubio, Ben has been a liaison for private sector concerns ranging from internet services reaching rural parts of America to commercial space flight access of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
Prior to Senator Rubio’s office, Ben was a staff member for United States Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH). Ben grew up in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
Legislative Director/Tax Counsel
Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA)
Brandon Casey currently serves as Legislative Director and Tax Counsel to Rep. Richard E. Neal, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. Rep. Neal also serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade. Brandon advises the Congressman on legislative and regulatory issues related to tax policy, pensions, trade, and the economy. Previously, Brandon served as Tax Counsel to Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz.
Brandon earned both his law degree and undergraduate degrees in history and criminology from Marquette University.
Senior Policy Advisor for Cybersecurity
House Committee on Homeland Security
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Brett DeWitt is currently the Senior Policy Advisor for Cybersecurity for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Mr. DeWitt currently advises Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and other Members of Congress on the Committee on all Federal policy and legislation involving cybersecurity, data protection, privacy, infrastructure protection, and security technologies. Recently, Mr. DeWitt was the lead staffer for the development, drafting, and passage of H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. This cybersecurity legislation codifies and strengthens the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity mission to ensure U.S. critical infrastructure protection and improve cyber incident response efforts. Additionally, the legislation enables the sharing of real-time cyber threat information across the critical infrastructure sectors while also ensuring the protection of privacy and civil liberties. Mr. DeWitt has served on the Committee on Homeland Security for over four years.
Prior to working for the Committee on Homeland Security, Mr. DeWitt served as a Legislative Aide to both Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) and Congressman Phil English (R-PA). Mr. DeWitt also served as an Assistant to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, J. Dennis Hastert. Mr. DeWitt is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Public Affairs. Mr. DeWitt graduated from the U.S. Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Brett serves as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), a member of the Senate Finance, Banking, and Budget Committees. Brett is the principal advisor to the Senator on international trade, energy, transportation, and agriculture policy. Prior to his work in the Senate, Brett worked on multiple House and Senate campaigns.
Brett received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He was a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Center Foreign Policy Fellow and participated in the Heritage Foundation’s Congressional Fellowship program and the Cato Institute’s University on Capitol Hill program.
Senior Professional Staff
Committee on Agriculture Congressman
Frank D. Lucas (R-OK)
Mike currently works at the House Committee on Agriculture where he serves as a Senior Professional Staff member for Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03). Mike handles international trade, agricultural development, humanitarian assistance, and rural development for the Committee and respective subcommittees. Since starting with the Committee in 2003, Mike has served in several roles, and was previously the staff director for the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture.
In his previous positions with the Committee Mike also coordinated scheduling and logistics for Congressional delegations in 2006 including the Committee’s eleven farm bill hearings and a trade mission to South America. Mike has also participated in staff delegations to Taiwan, Kenya, Uganda, Korea, and Vietnam. In 2007, Mike completed work on a Master’s Degree in International Commerce and Policy at George Mason University. These studies built upon Dairy Science and Animal Science degrees from Virginia Tech where he also earned a minor in International Trade and Development.
Mike grew up in rural Loudoun County Virginia where he spent most of his time raising livestock on family land and on surrounding farms, and working for the local feed cooperative. He currently resides in Centreville, Virginia.
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Erin Gulick currently assists Senator Maria Cantwell in her work on the Senate Finance Committee, focusing on key issues relating to tax, trade, budget, and banking policy. Prior to working for Sen. Cantwell, Erin worked as a senior legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and assisted him in his tax and trade work on the House Ways & Means Committee. She also previously worked for former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA). Before working on Capitol Hill, Erin worked as a policy associate for the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association and as a Senior Regulatory Analyst for Beam Global Spirits & Wine focusing on compliance of state and federal liquor laws and regulations.
Erin holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science and German Area Studies and a Master’s in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.
Professional Staff Member
Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mike is Counsel to Ranking Member Ron Johnson on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight. The Subcommittee’s jurisdiction covers federal financial management, acquisition, and procurement, and has both legislative and oversight jurisdiction. Recent hearings have focused on waste and abuse in Army National Guard sports marketing contracts, oversight of small agencies, whistleblower retaliation at a nuclear site, and systems for contractor performance information.
As part of its oversight responsibilities, the Subcommittee recently released a report on its investigation into allegations of misconduct by the former DHS Acting and Deputy Inspector General. Mike also staffs Senator Johnson on cyber issues. Mike is a graduate of Duke University and Emory Law School and is from Alexandria, Virginia.
Legislative Director/Tax Counsel
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
Melissa Kiedrowicz serves as Legislative Director, tax and trade counsel for Rep. Linda Sánchez of California, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Ms. Kiedrowicz is also responsible for appropriations, banking, budget, housing, and small business issues for the Congresswoman, serving as a member of Rep. Sánchez’s staff since September 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and completed a law degree at the University of Miami School of Law. Ms. Kiedrowicz is barred to practice law in Virginia.
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection & Security, House Committee on Homeland Security
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
In the 113th Congress, Christopher Schepis currently serves as Subcommittee Director for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies, on the House Committee on Homeland Security for Ranking Member Bennie Thompson. His portfolio includes: cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, nuclear detection and proliferation, chemical security, and oversight of the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate, and the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
He has served on staff for Members of the Senate and the House since the 100th Congress in 1987. He has been an advisor to the National Commission on Energy Policy, the National Governors Renewable Fuels Coalition, and delivered testimony to three convocations of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.
European Parliament Staffers
Danuta Hübner (Poland)
Dana Andreicut holds an MSc in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Economics Major) from the University of Warwick. Dana is currently working as a policy advisor and speech writer on economic and monetary affairs for Danuta Hübner. Dana focuses in particular on financial sector regulation (the European banking union, the bank recovery and resolution directive, the restructuring of the EU banking sector, the recovery and resolution of non-bank financial institutions) and economic governance (the six-pack and two-pack of economic governance, the revision of the balance of payments facility etc.). Additionally, Dana assists Mrs. Hübner in her duties as member of the US delegation, with a strong emphasis on the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Prior to joining Parliament, Dana worked as a research assistant on macroeconomic issues for the Brussels based think tank Bruegel.
MEP Claude Moraes (United Kingdom)
Ciara Burbridge is a policy advisor working with Claude Moraes MEP in the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in the European Parliament. She works with a variety of files in this committee, mainly on data protection, anti-terrorism and cyber security. She was responsible for the European Parliament Inquiry into the impact of US NSA surveillance programmes and surveillance bodies in various EU Member States on EU citizens fundamental rights following the revelations by Edward Snowden and the subsequent report which includes recommendations on data transfers with the US including Safe Harbor principles, TFTP agreement and on other international agreements including the TTIP agreement.
Ciara has a Bachelor of Law and Business from University College Dublin and a postgraduate LLM in European law from Edinburgh University.
Policy and Legal Advisor
MEP Marju Lauristin (Estonia)
Eleni Chronopoulou is a policy and legal advisor to Dimitrios Droutsas (Member of the European Parliament). After receiving her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Athens and her LLM in European and International Law at the Free University of Brussels, she eventually earned her spot as a legal advisor at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU and then at the European Parliament.
She is an EU qualified lawyer from the Athens Bar Association but currently resides in Brussels working on the European Data Protection Reform and similar issues that touch upon the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)
Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) (Germany)
Astrid Dentler is a policy advisor to the EPP Group on the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection. She has been working on a wide variety of legislation, with a particular focus on cybersecurity, cybercrime, electronic communications, governance of the Single Market and market surveillance. Most recently, she has been responsible for legislation on network and information security in the EU, the reform of the EU Telecommunications Single Market and the EU legal framework for electronic IDs and trust services.
Prior to working for the EPP Group, Astrid worked for several Members of the European Parliament, and gained relevant work experience at the European Commission, in the private sector and in the defence field.
Following courses in Germany and Spain, Astrid earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tübingen. She also holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Government in the European Union from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) (Slovenia)
Anze Erbeznik (1976) graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2000, his graduation thesis being on “Legalisation or Criminalisation of Drugs”, which was awarded with the Faculty of Law award in 2001. He continued his studies with a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana (the theme of his Master’s thesis being prison conditions and ECtHR case-law on prison conditions) and a further Master’s programme at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)/Nancy 2 (this time his Master’s thesis being “Deliberation process of the ECJ – a proposal for change” under the mentorship of Advocate General Poiares Maduro). He finished his PhD at the European Law Faculty, Slovenia, with the thesis “Extreme challenges to the criminal law system as a key to understand the function of a judge in a democracy”.
After his graduation he successfully completed court apprenticeship at the Ljubljana Court of Appeal and a solicitor apprenticeship in Maribor, Slovenia. During 2001 and 2003 he was Assistant Professor for criminal law at the Law Faculty, University of Maribor. Currently he works at the European Parliament, for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and participates as a lecturer at international seminars and projects (for example, the European Judicial Training Network). He is also author of several legal articles and books on criminal procedural law, EU law and constitutional law.
Andreas Schwab (Germany)
Since 2010, Amelie Giesemann has been working as legal advisor to the coordinator of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) in the European Parliament, MEP Andreas Schwab. She has been working on a wide variety of legislation, including legislation on consumer rights, alternative dispute resolution, customs law or most recently on cyber security and public procurement. Further, she is following the on-going negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement with regard to the impact on the EU Single Market.
Amelie is a lawyer by profession. She holds a law degree from the University of Cologne and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the University of Toulouse. Prior to taking up her duties at the European Parliament, she gained relevant work experience in France, Belgium and the United States.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) (Germany)
Birgit Hardt works as an administrator in the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs (IMCO) Committee, where she assists Members of the Committee in their work. Most recently, she has been closely involved in the ongoing negotiations of the EU framework on electronic communication services. Birgit has been involved in EU politics for the past 11 years, starting out in the NGO environment, followed by 5 years in the European Commission, where her focus was on the EU services sector and eGovernment. Birgit studied politics, economics and history in the UK (London, Cambridge) and in Spain (Sevilla).
Committee on International Trade (INTA) (Germany)
Felix A. Lutz is a civil servant of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA), where he is working in a team on the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He is also responsible for trade relations with South Asia (notably India and Bangladesh), Mexico and the Andean countries in Latin America. Thematically, he is in charge of all trade-related public procurement issues. Prior to joining INTA, he gained substantial experience in law-making during his work for the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) being involved in carrying out the EU’s ambitious legislative agenda implementing the EU’s 2020 energy objectives. As “Transatlantic Liaison Officer” for a key Committee of the Parliament, he was selected to participate in the US State Department International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) in 2012 – a programme which made him discover the US energy community from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, up to the Northern plains and to the Pacific coast.
A native from Lake Constance in Southern Germany, Felix left his home region (“Heimat”) to study political science and public law in Marburg (Germany), in Leipzig (Germany) and in Rennes (France). Following a post-graduate degree at the European Union’s “talent hotbed” College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), he started his professional career in Brussels: First, doing an internship in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade, and, then, working in the private sector for a Brussels-based EU public affairs consultancy before joining the European Parliament as an EU official in 2006.
Committee on International Trade (INTA)
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) (Italy)
Barbara Melis, International Trade Committee (INTA) Policy Advisor, Socialists and Democrats. Barbara Melis is an Italian national, working as a senior policy advisor for the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament. She is in charge of the international trade committee and responsible for EU-US relations.
Mrs. Melis has a BA degree in political sciences, has done post-graduate studies in Spain on EU law and holds a PhD in law from the LSE, UK.
Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) (Belgium)
Luc has worked in the European Parliament for five years, covering economic and monetary affairs firstly as Head of Office for Mr Derk Jan Eppink MEP, and currently, as senior policy advisor for the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group. Prior to joining the European Parliament, he was a research fellow at the Belgian think tank Itinera Institute and a political advisor in the Federal Parliament of Belgium.
He works closely with Members of the European Parliament on legislative and non-legislative reports predominantly in the areas of economic governance, financial services (with emphasis on payment services), competition policy and monetary affairs.
Luc holds a Licenciate in Economics degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium), including studying a semester abroad at the University of Bern (Switzerland). He further earned an LL.M. degree in Law and Economics from the universities of Hamburg (Germany) and Haifa (Israel) and an M.A. degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe (Belgium). A Belgian national, he is a native Dutch speaker and fluent in English, French and German.