ODNI creates new position dedicated to election security

ODNI creates new position dedicated to election security

By: Derek B. Johnson
Jul 19, 2019


Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats named Shelby Pierson, a veteran intelligence professional who has held a number of roles across different agencies over the past two decades, as the first intelligence community election threats executive.

“In order to build on our successful approach to the 2018 elections, the IC must properly align its resources to bring the strongest level of support to this critical issue,” Coats said in a statement. “There is no one more qualified to serve as the very first Election Threats Executive than Shelby Pierson.”

According to the statement, Pierson served as crisis manager for election security during the 2018 election and has “over twenty years of service in the IC.” Last year, Pierson -- then the National Intelligence Manager for Russia, Europe and Eurasia at ODNI -- was one of seven executive branch representatives who gave a classified briefing to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on election security threats leading up to the 2018 mid-terms.

Read more at FCW.

Click here to see ODNI’s press release on the Election Threats Executive