The DC Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance consists of volunteers who have been at the forefront of the cloud revolution for years. Our focus is on executing our charter in ways supportive to the broad base of Cloud Security Alliance members in the Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland area.  Please reach out to any board member for more information. We also encourage you to connect with us personally on LinkedIn as well as joining the LinkedIn group for the DC chapter.

Our board duties and responsibilities are more fully described in our Chapter Charter.

Board Members:

Juanita Koilpillai
Entrepreneur and Computer IT Security Professional devoted to elevating IT security to C-level Executives and Managers. Helping small companies to grow their new products/services in emerging markets.

Jackie Smith
Jackie is a senior executive with over 30 years of Cyber Security and Enterprise IT experience.  She currently leads the Fannie Mae Security Architecture & Cloud Security group, providing cyber security consulting to Fannie Mae’s business and technology teams, while supporting security risk management and risk mitigation activities.  She has extensive consulting experience with various financial services, other private sector, Federal Government, Department of Defense, and local government clients and has worked in a variety of cyber areas, including Security Engineering, Information Assurance, Risk Management, enterprise IT/cyber solution development and implementation.  Jackie has a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University and an M.S. in Cyber Security from University of Maryland University College.  She holds a CISSP and is an active member of ISC2 and ISSA.

Saif Rahman
Experienced member of Senior Management focused on Security leadership for Commercial and Federal clients. Provide strategic direction to customers, partners and supply chain management to make them aware of the ever-evolving threat landscape, of the consequent cyber risks and of the necessary information protection. Mr. Rahman sits on the board of the Cloud Security Alliance – DC Chapter.

Mari Spina
Dr. Spina has served the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) for 30 years architecting, engineering, and developing advanced IT systems to deliver national security and battlefield advantage. Today she leads MITRE’s Cloud Security Capability Area delivering advanced security solutions to MITRE’s US Government sponsor base enabling cloud adoption and securing cloud migration. She is well tuned to the government’s voice and her involvement with CSA acts to ensure its unique needs are understood and addressed by CSA’s sponsors, researchers, and members. Dr. Spina holds a BSME from Cal. State Northridge, an MSEE from the University of So. Cal., and a DS Eng. Mgt from George Washington University.  She also holds certifications: PMP, CISSP, ISSEP, and CCSP.

Carlo Espiritu
Carlo is a Principal at Triple Point Security with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and risk management.  Triple Point Security has deployed over 40 projects in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform and managed the cybersecurity and cloud security ov a genomics Presidential Initiative.

He serves on multiple Boards and committees in support of the cloud and cybersecurity communities including: Board Member for CSA DC Chapter, Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, University of Maryland University College Cloud Computing Master’s Degree Program Advisor.

Carlo has contributed to the development of CSA Security Guidance For Critical Areas of Focus In Cloud Computing version 2.1, 3.0, and 4.0 for the Cloud Computing Concepts and Architectures, Incident Response, and Security-as-a-Service domains, respectively.  He has provided over 10 years of cloud computing security services to the federal government representing numerous departments and agencies in the Federal Cloud Security Working Group (now the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, FedRAMP), Information Security and Identity Management Committee, and NIST Cloud Computing Working Groups.

Bob Gourley
Bob Gourley is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm. He is the publisher of CTOvision.com  and ThreatBrief.com.  At Crucial Point, Bob provides CTO Services and Due Diligence Consulting.

Katie Lewin
Katie Lewin is the Federal Director of the Cloud Security Alliance – a non-profit, vendor neutral organization dedicated to defining and promulgating best practices for a secure cloud computing environment. CSA and its members offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products.

As the first director of the Federal Cloud Computing Program, she developed, promulgated, and implemented FedRAMP across the Federal government; managed the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative; and supported multiple cutting edge cloud programs for agencies including infrastructure as a service, e-mail as a service and cloud brokers.

She has also served in senior Program Management positions at SRA, Lockheed Martin and CSC specializing in serving the financial agencies including Treasury, CFTC and FDIC.

Board Chair:

Anil Karmel
Anil Karmel is the Founder and CEO of C2 Labs, Inc.

C2 Labs partners with organizations on their digital transformation journey, from designing and implementing IT Strategic Plans to allow IT to move at the speed of business to a deep specialization in Application Rationalization and Transformation (ART) coupled with a cutting-edge Research and Development (R&D) arm developing new standards and products to allow customers to Take Back Control.    Formerly, Anil served as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Within NNSA, Karmel served as the RightPath Chief Architect and Management and Operations (M&O) Implementation Lead for a range of enterprise information technology (IT) solutions including cloud computing, enterprise mobility, unified communications and enterprise wireless.

Karmel has worked with various Fortune 500 companies and government in the areas of cloud, cybersecurity and collaboration. He and his team have been awarded: the SANS National Cyber Security Innovators Award for Cloud Security, InformationWeek 500 Top Government IT Innovators, ACT/IAC Excellence.gov Award and the DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award. His team at Los Alamos National Laboratory was named an ACT/IAC Excellence.gov Finalist two years running.

Anil serves as the co-chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cloud Security Working Group and the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Application Container and Microservices Working Group documenting best practices for application containers and microservices.