Ms. Theresa Dessaso is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services and cyber security Industry for over 30 years. She is an Army Veteran, having served in Desert Shield/Storm in the military intelligence field as a Electronic Warfare Systems repairer (33T). That is where she developed her passion for all things IT and Cyber Security. She went on to work for large startup companies in Silicon Valley California where she honed her skills in IT management. Her move to Maryland returned her to the center of cyber security, working at NSA and USCYBERCOM with The MITRE Corporation, building upon her strong desire to work toward the cyber security of our nation. A few other executive positions later with various defense contractors, provided enough experience and connections to serve as the Regional Economic Competitiveness Officer for Howard County for the pursuit of the US EDA’s Build Back Better regional challenge grant focused on Cyber Workforce Development for Maryland. Ms. Dessaso is a certified a PMP and CISSP.