Sarah Morgenthau is a national security expert with extensive experience as an executive leader and practicing attorney in both the public and private sectors. She has nearly a decade of experience working in Washington, DC, with a deep network of government and private sector relationships and expertise in cybersecurity, homeland security and crisis management.
Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Ms. Morgenthau worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office and the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). She was also previously an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Morgenthau advised the Secretary on the impact of the Department’s policies, regulations, and processes on private sector companies, universities, and not-for- profit institutions, and enhanced strategic communications to foster better collaboration between the private and public sectors on national security issues. As Executive Director, Ms. Morgenthau oversaw the HSAC where she leveraged the knowledge, experience and global connections of the 40 Council members to present actionable solutions for a broad spectrum of homeland security issues. She was also responsible for overseeing the ongoing policy work of the subcommittees, including the Cybersecurity Subcommittee, Foreign Fighter Task Force, the DHS Employee Task Force, the DHS Grant Review Task Force, the CBP Integrity Advisory Panel, and the Countering Violent Extremism Subcommittee. Prior to DHS, she was appointed by President Obama as Director of Peace Corps Response for the United States Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC, where she led an innovative policy reform roadmap for the program’s projects and initiatives in over 50 countries. Her additional previous legal experience includes positions as a law clerk for Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., then a United States District Court judge in New Jersey, and as a litigation attorney with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP in New York. In July 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Governor of Rhode Island’s Homeland Security Advisory Board.
Ms. Morgenthau graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.