MorGAN RYAN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Morgan Ryan is currently the COO at Cambridge Global Advisors (CGA) where she works closely on a wide range of national security issues, in both the public and private sectors, with a focus on national and cybersecurity. At CGA, Morgan oversees all client management and works closely with CGA principals and senior advisors to ensure client support, product delivery, and overall portfolio stewardship. This includes strategic planning, event planning and development, stakeholder engagement, communications and press interactions. Morgan also works closely with the Senior Vice President for Business Development to ensure coordinated effort between supporting existing clients and identifying areas to pursue expanded opportunities.
Morgan’s experience includes managing a project to develop the first-ever cyber training capability pulled from the ethical hacker community to better equip the US Cyber Mission Force to address an ever-changing and advancing cyber threat landscape. She has also worked on international projects involving the development of national cybersecurity strategies for U.S. Allies. Additionally, Morgan supported the Department of Homeland Security’s CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI), a program that sought to attract and expand the pool of cyber talent in positions across the federal government. Morgan has worked with several cyber-centric private sector and start-up entities to support them on strategic engagement and business development efforts. Through her client work, Morgan has engaged with multiple local and national media outlets to place high profile stories and facilitate connections to national security thought leaders. She also has on-the-record experience with national outlets and has served as a spokesperson on national security and immigration issues.
Morgan also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Cyber Policy Initiative, a project of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. In this capacity Morgan leads efforts advocating for improvements to election security infrastructure. Since 2013, she has also worked very closely with law enforcement leaders across the country on national security and immigration issues, regularly holding regular high-profile meetings with DHS and the White House.
Prior to joining Cambridge Global, Morgan worked for a start-up company in the medical field. While there, she served in multiple capacities to include client relations, marketing, and business development. In terms of campaign experience, Morgan also previously served as a GOTV specialist on a successful congressional primary campaign in Iowa, as well as the Iowa Coordinated Campaign for the state’s 2014 general elections.
Morgan serves as a mentor for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she meets regularly with students interested in pursuing a career in national security, and participates in career focused events for the school. She is also a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she assists with their planning, development, and coordination of cybersecurity focused programming. Morgan is a member of the Chicago chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP).
Morgan is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she obtained dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish, as well as Loyola University of Chicago where she earned a Masters in International and Comparative Politics. She is fluent in Spanish.