Marc Pearl, President & CEOHomeland Security & Defense Business Council

Marc Pearl has served as the President and CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council since 2008. He leads  the organization in its role as the primary voice of the industry solution providers who support the homeland security  mission.

Prior to joining the Council, Marc founded IT Policy Solutions, formed to counsel private sector organizations in meeting  their public policy challenges in the IT and eCommerce space, and concurrently served as the executive director of the  Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition. He had previously been a partner and led the e-commerce policy practice at the  global law firm, Shaw Pittman LLP; was general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs at the Information  Technology Association of America (now TechAmerica); and served as chief of staff/legislative counsel to former U.S. Rep.  Dan Glickman, when the congressman was the House Intelligence Committee Chairman.

Marc has focused his professional work for more than 20 years in the area of how to best apply the business acumen of technology and Internet/cyber security policy issues in the public sector. His members and clients have included a wide range of Fortune 100 companies and CEO-led associations in all critical economic and infrastructure sectors. Pearl has helped form and lead coalitions that served to educate public policy leaders and/or led to the passage of the Y2K millennium bug liability legislation, digital authentication laws, e-commerce transaction jurisdiction laws and the DTV “transition” rollout. He has represented the private sector on U.S. government delegations at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Marc’s grasp of the federal, state/local and global policy issues important to industry, together with his non-partisan approach to policymaking have made him an invaluable resource to clients and a trusted advisor to numerous decision makers. Pearl is often asked to testify at congressional hearings and speak on homeland security issues at numerous conferences and seminars.

Marc graduated with honors from Case Western Reserve University and received his law degree from Emory University’s School of Law.


 MelissaMiddlesworthMelissa Middlesworth, Director

Melissa Middlesworth is responsible for managing the Council’s member relations,  communications, public policy  initiatives, and events. Prior to joining the Council staff in 2009, Melissa worked in the Office of Public Affairs  at the  U.S.  Department of Justice. She was in charge of coordinating the U.S. Attorney General’s press events and serving as  a  liaison  to law enforcement components, U.S. Attorneys, and local government officials.  Before working at the Justice  Department, Melissa was a congressional staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives.





 KristaSweetKrista Sweet, Policy Director

Krista Sweet is the Policy Director at the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council.  In this role, she is responsible for  overseeing the Council’s thought leadership initiatives, its strategic partnerships and its major projects.  Before joining the  Council in 2011, Sweet was the Special Assistant to the Director at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).    In this role, she served as the principal advisor not only to the Director of MEMA, but also to the Governor’s Homeland  Security Advisor on all matters involving the executive oversight and policy direction of the regional homeland security  program for the National Capital Region: Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

Sweet was a staff attorney at the Center for Health and Homeland Security and advised Maryland state agencies on legal and  policy issues involved with preparing for and responding to catastrophic health emergencies from 2005-07.  In 2006, she  was the public health legal instructor at a NATO Security Through Science Advanced Study Institute course held in Macedonia that focused on “Strengthening Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Threats.”  Prior to getting involved in homeland security, Sweet spent three years in private legal practice at a litigation firm in Baltimore.

Sweet received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D., with a concentration in health law, from the University of Maryland School of Law.


PamPoorePamela Poore, Director of Finance 

Pam (Fandel) Poore is the Director of Finance for the Council. Poore does extensive behind-the-scenes work to make sure all of the finances are in order as well as handling human resources, budget management and other critical administrative tasks. Poore shares her fine organizational and managerial skills with the Technology CEO Council (TCC) and Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, LLC, also serving as their Director of Finance. Poore has over 30 years of coalition and financial management experience.

Previously, Poore was the Vice President of Finance for E-Luminate Group Inc., office manager at the former lobbying firm Podesta Associates and an executive assistant at the law firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds. Poore also spent two years in Harrisburg, Pa., helping to form and manage the Pennsylvania Task Force on Product Liability. She previously worked for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Jeremiah Denton, R-Ala., and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service.

She and her husband Lee own a charter fishing business on the Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida. Poore works full-time from her home in Florida so she can spend as much time outside – preferably on the beach or on a fishing boat. Poore also enjoys cheering on the Washington Redskins through the good and bad seasons, and playing with her dogs and cats.