Our Continuing Inspiration


THE LATE HOWARD  A. SCHMIDT was a co-founder of FAST before his passing in March of 2017. Over a distinguished career in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations, Howard Schmidt established himself as one of the global experts in technology and security. He served as an adviser to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For President Obama, he served as Special Assistant to the President and the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the United States. In this role Mr. Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international, and private sector cybersecurity partners.


Previous to his last stint in government, Mr. Schmidt was the President and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). He previously held positions as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Security Strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as Chief Security Strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Schmidt's career included over 26 years of military and law enforcement service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the Air Force he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as Supervisory Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.

Mr. Schmidt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters. Howard was an Adjunct Professor at GA Tech, GTISC, and is Adjunct Distinguished Fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute. He also served as a member of the PSG for ENISA. He currently is a Professor of Research at Idaho State University. He also was a member of the World Federation of Scientist, Permanent Monitoring Panel on Information Security.

Howard was a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and an avid Harley-Davidson rider. He is survived by his wife, Raemarie J. Schmidt, a retired forensic scientist, researcher and instructor in the field of computer forensics.


​Howard Schmidt was a friend, leader, and inspiration to the Foundation for American Science and Technology, and we look forward to continuing to honor his legacy through our work.

who we are

THE HONORABLE PHILLIP J. BOND currently leads his own firm, Bond & Associates, a Washington, DC-based strategice government affairs firm. He is one of America’s most honored technology policy experts.

A former US Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, his 25-plus year career in Washington has included numerous citations for his leadership roles in the Executive branch, on Capitol Hill, at major high technology companies, and most recently as the CEO of TechAmerica, the largest technology advocacy association in the US.

Bond has been accorded numerous accolades during his 25-plus years in Washington, DC, including:

  • Named to the Federal 100, the annual listing by Federal Computer Week of the most influential people in government technology;
  • Named one of the Top 50 Tech Leaders of 2003 by Scientific American magazine for his policy leadership around nanotechnology;
  • Elected Deputy Chair of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, a federation of more than 70 national technology associations around the world;
  • Named a Tech Titan in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual listing of tech leaders;
  • Recognized by Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, as one of The Fabulous Fifty, a listing of the most powerful staff in Congress


Earlier in his career, Bond served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Monster Worldwide, the world’s largest online career site, and General Manager of Monster Government Solutions.

From 2001 to 2005, Bond was Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Technology and, from 2002-2003, served concurrently as Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. In his dual role, Bond worked closely with Secretary Evans to increase market access for U.S. goods and services and further advance America’s technological leadership at home and around the world. He oversaw the operations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Technology Policy, and the National Technical Information Service. During his tenure, the Technology Administration was the pre-eminent portal between the federal government and the U.S. technology industry.

Bond joined the Administration from the private sector, where he served as Director of Federal Public Policy for the Hewlett-Packard Company, and previously as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Treasurer of the Information Technology Industry Council.

From 1993 to 1998, Bond served as Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn (R-WA). He was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs from 1992 to 1993. Earlier, Bond was Chief of Staff and Rules Committee Associate for Congressman Bob McEwen (R-OH) from 1990 to 1992. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.

He is a graduate of Linfield College in Oregon. Bond and his wife, Diane, have two daughters and reside in Fairfax Station, Virginia.



Leslie Dunlap’s expertise combines policymaker, business executive and consumer viewpoints like few others. Dunlap’s breadth of experience includes:

  • Serving key Members of Congress involved in the development of emerging technology laws during the critical first decade of Internet growth.
  • Representing telecommunications and new media companies before policymakers over multiple Congresses and Presidential Administrations.
  • Leading an internal policy and compliance team driving privacy, safety and advertising policy for a Fortune 500 company serving over 300 million consumers.


She is the founder of Dunlap Consulting, a Washington, DC-based firm that develops practical, solutions-oriented approaches resulting in positive policy and compliance outcomes.  A wide variety of telecommunications and Internet-related legislation, regulation and self-regulatory codes adopted over the last two decades include her substantive contributions.

DAVID SANDERS is the Founder of Dallas Advisory Partners LLC, an advisory services firm focused on optimizing the enterprise value of technology and technology services companies serving the global market. He has worked with start-up technology companies all the way to large global technology companies. His primary focus is in product and services development, roll-out, support, operations, sales, marketing, strategy and on-going sustainability. He is skilled in working in complex environments where there are multiple partners and subcontractors involved in the process.

David is a senior executive with 34 years of experience in the outsourcing and consulting business. He gained his expertise in selling, deal making, executive management and running large operations with companies such as Accenture, BearingPoint, SHL Systemhouse and Perot Systems. He has the unique background of deep outsourcing experience along with nine years of leading large consulting engagements.

He is experienced with all aspects of outsourcing to include infrastructure outsourcing, time sharing, software as a service (SaaS), application service provider (ASP), application outsourcing and business process outsourcing.

He has extensive consulting experience in software development, program management, systems integration, ERP implementation, business transformation, enterprise architecture, technology strategy and sourcing advisory. He has been through the transformation of three large technology companies as they acquired companies (Perot Systems), went through an IPO (BearingPoint) or were acquired by a larger company (SHL Systemhouse).

He was a founding partner with BearingPoint, one of the fastest growing consulting companies in the US. He was a member of the Accenture team that developed the outsourcing practice in the US. He recently served as the CEO of Hildebrando USA a near shore company providing technology services to the US market. He has experience in the commercial, federal and state & local business. He has global experience having supported sales and delivery in Asia, South America, Canada and Europe.

THE HONORABLE ADAM J. RAK is a government relations professional with some 20 years experiencein public policy. He has worked for Congress, industry associations and a Fortune 500 company. Focused on the field of government relations, Adam has significant expertise on technology policy with a focus on security and privacy.

Past positions have included service as the Regional Vice President, Silicon Valley for TechAmerica, then the nation’s largest high tech trade association. In this role he successfully led the organization’s program, advocacy and sales efforts in the association’s largest and most important market.

Adam also led Symantec’s Public Affairs program building a global organization. In this role, he had responsibility for managing Symantec’s relationships with government officials and overseeing the company’s worldwide public policy agenda. In addition, he had responsibility for the management of Symantec’s corporate philanthropy, community relations and corporate social responsibility programs.

Prior to joining Symantec, Adam worked in Washington, DC as a legislative aide for former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly. Adam also worked at TechNet, as the State Public Policy Director. Adam is a past Chair of the Business Software Alliance’s Policy Council and he also helped found the Cyber Security Industry Alliance the only CEO led public policy and advocacy group exclusively focused on cyber security issues.

He was elected in 2011 and is currently serving as a Trustee of the San Carlos School Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife Allison and three daughters.

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