Kristina Tanasichuk founded the Government & Services Technology Coalition and Consortium in 2011 after several small business CEOs in the Federal homeland and national security market approached her about how they could band together to face an increasingly competitive market. She is responsible for the growth, content, strategy and manages the day-to-day operations of the Coalition of over 100 companies. She has nearly 20 years of lobbying and advocacy experience on the Hill, on behalf of non-profit associations and coalitions.
Tanasichuk is also the president and founder of Women in Homeland Security, a professional development organization for women in the field of homeland security that has grown to nearly 2000 members in 2 years. She serves on the Board of Directors for the InfraGard Nations Capital chapter, the U.S. Coast Guard Board of Mutual Assistance and served as a trustee for the U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation. She is also a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agency's and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Citizens' Academies.
Prior to founding the Government Technology & Services Coalition she was Vice President of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), the premier organization for the largest corporations in the Federal homeland security market. She was responsible for thought leadership and programs, strategic partnerships, internal and external communications, marketing and public affairs. She managed the Council's Executive Brief Series and strategic alliances, as well as the organization's Thought Leadership Committee and Board of Advisors.
Before joining HSDBC, she founded and served for two years as executive director of the American Security Challenge, an event that awards monetary and contractual awards in excess of $3.5 million to emerging security technology firms. She was also the event director for the largest homeland security conference and exposition in the country where she created and managed three Boards of Advisors representing physical and IT security, first responders, Federal, State and local law enforcement, and public health. She determined conference curriculum, established all of the strategic partnerships, and managed the communications and media relations.
Tanasichuk began her career in homeland security shortly after September 11, 2001 while at the American Public Works Association where she managed homeland security and emergency management issues before Congress and the Administration on first responder issues, water, transportation, utility and public building security. Prior to that she worked on electric utility deregulation and domestic energy issues for a boutique lobbying firm and as professional staff for the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Tanasichuk has also worked at the American Enterprise Institute, several Washington, D.C. associations representing both the public and private sectors, and the White House under President George H.W. Bush.
Tanasichuk also speaks extensively representing small and mid-sized companies and discussing innovation and work in the Federal market at the IEEE Homeland Security Conference, AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference and Homeland Security Course, and the Security Industry Association's ISC East and ACT-IAC small business committee.
She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. Recently she was honored by the National Association of Woman Owned Businesses as a Distinguished Woman of the Year Finalist and nominated for Military Spouse of the Year by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011. She is also fluent in Ukrainian.