Karen S. Evans was sworn in by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) on September 4, 2018. Mrs. Evans was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for CESER by the U.S. Senate on August 28, 2018.
Before being nominated by President Donald J. Trump to lead the Department of Energy’s cybersecurity efforts, Mrs. Evans was the National Director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a public-private program designed to help address the skills gap in the cybersecurity field. She also served as an independent director and outside manager for publicly-traded companies.
Mrs. Evans was previously a top IT official at the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush in the position that is now known as the Federal CIO and also served as the Department of Energy’s Chief Information Officer.
She received her MBA and BA in Chemistry from West Virginia University.