Areas of Focus:
Cybersecurity and Information Technology
Growth Strategies and Strategic Positioning
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Risk Mitigation
Homeland Security, Intelligence Community, and Defense
Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Director of White House Actions, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of Political Affairs, The White House
Debbie Eng is a performance-driven Senior Executive with 15 years’ comprehensive achievements and experience with start-up, Private Equity backed, and Fortune 500 companies. She brings a unique blend of operations, business development, and client delivery skills across the cybersecurity, intelligence, defense, and homeland security industries. Ms. Eng currently serves as a senior member of the firm’s Business Strategy practice area, which provides strategic advisory services to clients with innovative, security-oriented technologies and services. She works with private sector companies to augment business operations with comprehensive security strategies to counter today’s cyber threats. Additionally, she works closely with technology firms to develop growth plans focused on the federal market, including homeland security, defense, and the intelligence community. Ms. Eng is also adept at helping to optimize organizational performance and respond nimbly to business needs through cost control, process optimization, sharp recruiting, and client delivery.
As one of the firm’s founding members, Ms. Eng joined The Chertoff Group in July of 2009 after more than three years of serving at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a top advisor in both the Secretary's office and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As part of Secretary Michael Chertoff's immediate staff, Ms. Eng oversaw and coordinated department-wide responses to every directive and policy issue that originated from the White House, including the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. Ms. Eng also helped bring best business practices to a newly formed Cabinet Department and one of the most complex government mergers in U.S. history.
In 2008, Ms. Eng left the Office of the Secretary to become the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focusing on policy reform in disaster response and emergency management. In this capacity, she worked closely with FEMA’s Deputy Director, senior officials at the agency, and state and local leadership to foster interagency coordination pre- and post-disaster. During her time there, Ms. Eng played a critical role in the coordination and response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Prior to her experience at DHS, Ms. Eng worked at Condé Nast Publications and the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Eng began her public sector career in 2002 at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs. Ms. Eng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in French and Italian.