Shelby Pierson Named Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive; Dan Coats Quoted

Shelby Pierson

Shelby Pierson, a more than two-decade intelligence community veteran, has been appointed by Director of National Intelligence and a 2019 Wash100 winner Dan Coats to the newly created role of IC election threats executive.

She will serve as Coats’ principal adviser on election-related threats and coordinate all programs and activities associated with election security across the IC, the office of the DNI said Friday.

“Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC,” Coats said. “There is no one more qualified to serve as the very first Election Threats Executive than Shelby Pierson, whose knowledge and experience make her the right person to lead this critical mission.”

Pierson previously served as crisis manager for election security at ODNI during the midterm elections in 2018.

Coats also announced the establishment of an election executive and leadership board to be chaired by Pierson and asked all agencies within the community to appoint a senior-executive election security lead.

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