Our Board and Committee Members

Our Board Members

Please meet our Board of Directors and Committee Members.

(In alphabetical order.)

*   Chair, an advisory committee

** Chair, Board of Directors

 

Dave Aitel

Dave Aitel

David Aitel, Director *. Dave Aitel is a technologist who started his career at the National Security Agency. He has continued to focus on offensive cyber security solutions, founding and building the company Immunity, Inc.to develop penetration testing, assessment, and strategic consulting platforms targeting the financial and Fortune 50 market.  He also performs as part of the Commerce Department ISTAC, where he focuses on cyber tools and AI regulations. He has written for many popular cyber policy blogs on Export Control, such as CFR’s Net Politics, Cybersecpolitics, and Lawfareblog.

 

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Fred Davis, Director * . Fred Davis is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. Fred played an instrumental role as part of the startup team in two multi-billion dollar startups, CNET and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). Fred was also one of the founding team members at Wired magazine, winner of numerous publishing awards. He’s written 14 books about computers and technology, including the first book on Desktop Publishing, and the award-winning Windows Bible series. One of the founders of the Ziff-Davis computer publishing division, Fred served as editor of several of the world’s leading computer publications, including PC Magazine, PC Week, A+, and MacUser, and ran all of the industry-leading product testing labs at those publications. Today, Fred is working with a number of startups, and is a mentor at several SF startup incubators. He is especially interested in virtual reality and has been a VR advocate for many years.

Frank Heidt

Frank Heidt

Frank Heidt, Director. Frank Heidt leads Leviathan Security’s executive management team as Chief Executive Officer.  As the creator of Leviathan Security’s innovative business structure, Frank Heidt is responsible for designing Leviathan Security and bringing together security professionals with diverse backgrounds from premier consultancies, industries, and government agencies. Frank is a recognized expert in the fields of information assurance, network security, and systems penetration. Prior to forming Leviathan Security, Frank was a Managing Security Architect for @stake and headed up their Pacific Northwest practice. He also engaged in various computer security related work for the Department of Defense. In his capacity as one of the DOD’s civilian Information Systems Security Officers (ISSO), he was responsible for securing several large networks for the Department of the Navy. Frank has been a Visiting Lecturer at the United States Army War College, the United States Navy War College, and the Naval Post Graduate School on the subject of defensive information warfare and military computer systems security.

Allison Miller

Allison Miller

Allison Miller, Director. Allison Miller is the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) and VP of Trust at Reddit, where she leads teams tasked with protecting Reddit’s customers and systems. Miller is an industry expert and innovator, having spent the past 20 years scaling teams and technology that protect people and platforms, and pioneering the development of real-time risk prevention and detection systems running at internet-scale. She has also led major initiatives to engineer the defenses for core payment and e-commerce systems and technologies that protect consumers from online threats, having held technical and leadership roles at Bank of America, Google, Electronic Arts, Tagged/MeetMe, PayPal/eBay, and Visa International. Miller speaks internationally on security, fraud and risk and has held board roles with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, ISC2, SIRA, and Keypoint Credit Union. In addition, she holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Berkeley.

Bill Pollock

Bill Pollock

Bill Pollock, Chair **. Bill Pollock founded The No Starch Press Foundation in 2017 as a public non profit US 501(c )(3). Pollock saw a need, globally, to provide grants to support the ambition and talent development of the world’s most talented engineers, admirably known as a “hacker,” wherever they are globally, and wherever they are in their growth cycle — whether in kindergarten or in the workplace. Pollock has nearly 35 years in technical book publishing. In 1994 he founded No Starch Press, leader among the world’s top technical book publishers, with a track record rivaling most publishers. No Starch Press titles have been included  in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual and STEP inside 100 Competition. The company No Starch Press has also won the prestigious Independent Publisher Book Award, the “IPPYs” from the Independent Publisher Magazine. Pollock seeded The No Starch Press Foundation with personal funds of USD$1,200,000.

Rupa Shah

Rupa Shah

Rupa Shah, Director. Rupa Shah is a non-profit executive with over 10 years of experience in the US and abroad. She currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy at Scratch – one of the largest creative coding community of over 30 million kids around the world. In her various roles, Rupa has helped raise over $500 million in capital campaigns and collaborated on projects over $2 billion. Born and raised in Nepal, her interest lies in the areas of children’s health and education. At an early age of fifteen, her passion for social impact inspired her to volunteer at a local non-profit to help homeless children displaced by the civil war. In 2019, she moved back to Nepal to launch a $30 million capital campaign to establish Nepal’s first philanthropically supported non-profit children’s hospital. Working with the key stakeholders, Government of Nepal, private sectors and various foreign aid-agencies, Rupa helped build a network of health system that will provide comprehensive healthcare to more than 12 million Nepali Children. She continues her passion of supporting children’s education and health through Scratch, and various engagements with the Government of Nepal, and non-profits supporting STEM education. Rupa has a master’s degree from Cornell University.

Officers

Treasurer: Frank Heidt

Frank Heidt

Secretary: Vicki Friedberg (Interim)

Special Advisor

Catherine Shiang, Esq.

Catherine Shiang

Fundraising Committee

Mission

The mission of the Fundraising Committee is to raise funding and awareness for the Foundation.

Bill Pollock

Bill Pollock

Bill Pollock, Chair ** Bill Pollock founded The No Starch Press Foundation in 2017 as a public non profit US 501(c ) 3. Pollock saw a need, globally, to provide grants to support the ambition and talent development of the world’s most talented engineers, admirably known as a “hacker,” wherever they are globally, and wherever they are in their growth cycle — whether in kindergarten or in the workplace. Pollock has nearly 35 years in technical book publishing. In 1994 he founded No Starch Press, leader among the world’s top technical book publishers, with a track record rivaling most publishers. No Starch Press titles have been included  in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual and STEP inside 100 Competition. The company No Starch Press has also won the prestigious Independent Publisher Book Award, the “IPPYs” from the Independent Publisher Magazine. Pollock seeded The No Starch Press Foundation with personal funds of USD$800,000.

Rupa Shah

Rupa Shah

Rupa Shah. Rupa Shah is a non-profit executive with over 10 years of experience in the US and abroad. She currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy at Scratch – one of the largest creative coding community of over 30 million kids around the world. In her various roles, Rupa has helped raise over $500 million in capital campaigns and collaborated on projects over $2 billion. Born and raised in Nepal, her interest lies in the areas of children’s health and education. At an early age of fifteen, her passion for social impact inspired her to volunteer at a local non-profit to help homeless children displaced by the civil war. In 2019, she moved back to Nepal to launch a $30 million capital campaign to establish Nepal’s first philanthropically supported non-profit children’s hospital. Working with the key stakeholders, Government of Nepal, private sectors and various foreign aid-agencies, Rupa helped build a network of health system that will provide comprehensive healthcare to more than 12 million Nepali Children. She continues her passion of supporting children’s education and health through Scratch, and various engagements with the Government of Nepal, and non-profits supporting STEM education. Rupa has a master’s degree from Cornell University.

Mentorship Committee (Advisory)

Mission

The mission of the Mentorship Committee is to improve the grant recipients’ achievements in the use of the Foundation’s grants by providing a direct relationship with a Foundation mentor who works to assist these recipients to further their own potential in their grant project.

Goals

The 2021 Mentorship goals are to:

  1. Recruit Mentorship Committee members.
  2. Set up process of mentorship, what each step of mentorship means to execute the approved Mission of this Committee.
  3. Work with Programming Committee to identify grant recipients so that Mentors can be appropriately matched.
  4. Recruit Mentors from the community to work directly with each grant recipient.
  5. Match Mentors to grant recipients no later than at the grant award when made by the Programming Committee, and which is approved by the Board.

 

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Fred Davis, Chair * Fred Davis is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. Fred played an instrumental role as part of the startup team in two multi-billion dollar startups, CNET and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). Fred was also one of the founding team members at Wired magazine, winner of numerous publishing awards. He’s written 14 books about computers and technology, including the first book on Desktop Publishing, and the award-winning Windows Bible series. One of the founders of the Ziff-Davis computer publishing division, Fred served as editor of several of the world’s leading computer publications, including PC Magazine, PC Week, A+, and MacUser, and ran all of the industry-leading product testing labs at those publications. Today, Fred is working with a number of startups, and is a mentor at several SF startup incubators. He is especially interested in virtual reality and has been a VR advocate for many years.

Allison Miller

Allison Miller

Allison Miller. Allison Miller is the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) and VP of Trust at Reddit, where she leads teams tasked with protecting Reddit’s customers and systems. Miller is an industry expert and innovator, having spent the past 20 years scaling teams and technology that protect people and platforms, and pioneering the development of real-time risk prevention and detection systems running at internet-scale. She has also led major initiatives to engineer the defenses for core payment and e-commerce systems and technologies that protect consumers from online threats, having held technical and leadership roles at Bank of America, Google, Electronic Arts, Tagged/MeetMe, PayPal/eBay, and Visa International. Miller speaks internationally on security, fraud and risk and has held board roles with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, ISC2, SIRA, and Keypoint Credit Union. In addition, she holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Berkeley.

Programming Committee (Advisory)

Mission

To develop grant programs that support the Mission of The No Starch Press Foundation with grant goals that further the collective knowledge and contributions of the global hacker community.

Goals

2021 Programming Committee Goals:

  1. Recruit programming committee members for Grant Year 2021
  2. Develop 2021 grant objectives:  Identify types of technology and types of members of the global hacker community that further the Mission of the Foundation to fund
  3. Develop a standard for grant approvals with focus to identifying best in class applicants that shows cases the Mission of the Foundation
  4. Build a process for dividing the workflow of examining the grant requests within the Programming Committee
  5. Work with the Board and Programming Committee members to solicit best in class grant applications through social media and other media and platforms.
  6. Work with Mentorship Committee to develop a process to match grant recipients with Mentors
  7. Seek Board approval for recommended grant recipients to fund to no later than June (1st group runner up)/August (2nd group runner up)/October (3rd group and final recipients)
  8. Work with the Board and Mentorship Committee to announce the Grant awards and matching Mentors
  9. Develop a lessons learned template for the next grant cycle 2022
  10. Submit committee minutes and other records to the Chair

 

Dave Aitel

Dave Aitel

Dave Aitel, Chair *. Dave Aitel is a technologist who started his career at the National Security Agency. He has continued to focus on offensive cyber security solutions, founding and building the company Immunity, Inc.to develop penetration testing, assessment, and strategic consulting platforms targeting the financial and Fortune 50 market.  He also performs as part of the Commerce Department ISTAC, where he focuses on cyber tools and AI regulations. He has written for many popular cyber policy blogs on Export Control, such as CFR’s Net Politics, Cybersecpolitics, and Lawfareblog.

 

Sophia d’Antoine. Sophia is the founder of Margin Research and the Hacker in Residence at NYU. She has served at the NSA as well as in the public sector, providing her with a broad understanding of security issues across the spectrum. Her current work focuses on finding novel solutions to unique security problems, software vulnerabilities, and information operations. Sophia works with NATO on cyber policy and has co-authored policy papers on topics in offensive cyber for Lawfare and the Atlantic Council. She has spoken at dozens of global security conferences worldwide including BlackHat, and Defcon on topics involving offensive cyber operations.

Derek Bernsen, Secretary. Derek Bernsen is a Naval cyber warfare engineering officer currently serving as a Director of Cyberspace Operations where he leads capability research & development and operations for Naval and joint units. He earned an MS from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS from The Citadel, both in Computer Science. He has published works with the Association for Computing Machinery, Atlantic Council, and the US Naval Institute. Additionally, Derek is a small business owner, a member of the AFCEA Cyber Committee, and works as a security researcher at River Loop Security. 

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Fred Davis. Fred Davis is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. Fred played an instrumental role as part of the startup team in two multi-billion dollar startups, CNET and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). Fred was also one of the founding team members at Wired magazine, winner of numerous publishing awards. He’s written 14 books about computers and technology, including the first book on Desktop Publishing, and the award-winning Windows Bible series. One of the founders of the Ziff-Davis computer publishing division, Fred served as editor of several of the world’s leading computer publications, including PC Magazine, PC Week, A+, and MacUser, and ran all of the industry-leading product testing labs at those publications. Today, Fred is working with a number of startups, and is a mentor at several SF startup incubators. He is especially interested in virtual reality and has been a VR advocate for many years.

Laura Eise

Laura Eise

Laura Eise. Laura Eise builds and manages cyber security programs for Fortune 500 companies and has worked with technology, manufacturing, financial, and commerce companies, as well as with the US Federal Government and international partners. In her current role, she leads business enablement for the development platform and enterprise security strategy for a large consumer and business travel company. Laura also researches and studies human behavior in security, as well as how children use technology.

 

 

Cheryl Peace

Cheryl Peace

Cheryl Peace. Cheryl Peace is an accomplished Cyber Security executive with over 35 years of technical, operational, and managerial experience. Extensive background with ability to execute from tactical to strategic development including policy management, program deployment, and operational implementation of cybersecurity missions in support of high-level federal agencies from the White House, the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. Proven track record of achieving significant results, working in high-pressure situations, and leading change through collaboration and partnerships with the US government, industry, and academia. Recognized for excellence in leadership, encouraging new ideas, and capitalizing on opportunities. Post government worked in industry as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Cyxtera and for AppGate Federal practices, gaining additional skill and expertise in business development, finance, and M&A.

Sandy Ring

Sandy Ring

Sandy Ring. Sandy Ring is a programmer and successful entrepreneur that is a subject matter expert in the fields of software protection, anti-tamper, forensics, and reverse engineering. She began her career at the Central Intelligence Agency, in 2006 founded Pikewerks (acquired by Raytheon), and is currently the Co-Founder of Code 13 Security where she focuses on software supply chain and operating system security.

 

 

Russ Rogers

Russ Rogers

Russ Rogers. Russ Rogers is an old school hacker who has worked for public and private entities, including the USAF, NSA, DOE, DOD, and DISA. He’s an author, co-author, or technical editor of over 20 books on hacking, including the popular ‘Stealing the Network” series and the original DISA STIG documents. Russ was on staff with DEF CON for close to 20 years, retiring as Chief of Operations in 2016, and Executive Producer of The DEFCON Documentary. He’s spoken at conferences around the world and helped lead an accredited University degree program in Network Security for 13 years. Russ currently works for Microsoft and acts as Vice President of BSidesLV. Russ’ current research centers on making big data in security more intuitive by integrating key game development concepts of visualizing complex data structures. https://www.linkedin.com/in/russ-rogers-speedrussr/

 

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