Suzanne S. Spaulding is an attorney and an expert in the fields of domestic national security and global security. Her most recent national security assignment was Undersecretary, National Protection Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, where her responsibility included U.S. critical infrastructure protection. She retired from this position at the end of 2016. She is now in private law practice as a national security consultant, Principal of the Bingham Consulting Group.
Ms. Spaulding served as executive director of two congressional committees and Minority Staff Director of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. She served as Chair, The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security. This committee has provided important guidance and research to the private sector and the U.S. government on a wide range of emerging national security issues and the balance to be reached among government secrecy and public disclosure issues.
Ms. Spaulding was one of the first women to serve in the high echelons of government national security. She has encouraged and guided young women attorneys to specialize in national security matters. She holds an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Virginia.