Christine (“Christy”) Riccardi, DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Region IX Director, brings a technology and engineering background to risk management, infrastructure resilience challenges and complexities, and security policy.
Christine (“Christy”) Riccardi, DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Region IX Director, brings a technology and engineering background to risk management, infrastructure resilience challenges and complexities, and security policy. She is experienced in leading diverse and geographically dispersed teams, building and implementing strategic visions, and fostering coalitions between and among the private and public sectors. Christy leads a 55 member regional cadre, responsible for the physical and cyber security, protection, and resilience of critical infrastructure in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Christy’s staff provides expert advice on cybersecurity, information sharing and protection, data tools and technology, and infrastructure resilience. In this role, Christy leverages a long-standing expertise in public/private partnerships and information sharing to implement and execute security and emergency management programs across the region. Christy’s experience includes roles in both government and industry. Prior to DHS, Christy worked as an industry systems engineer and program manager, specializing in information sharing processes, systems and technology. Christy designed, implemented and deployed common operating picture software and systems for several command centers as well as command and control systems. Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Dayton and received her Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a proud graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Defense and Security Studies.
Christine Riccardi, Regional Director of the Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, infrastructure resiliency, disruption prevention, self-sufficiency of communities, public-private-partnerships