Ann M. Beauchesne is CEO of Ridge Global Education, a company founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Beauchesne is responsible for leading and delivering custom world-class education and training programs designed to help protect organizations against cyber breaches and create a culture that reveres cybersecurity and risk mitigation. She serves as a trusted resource for C-Suite executives, corporate boards, and companies who seek to train their employees on not only cyber threats, but a range of risks facing organizations today. She has covered cybersecurity and resilience issues on behalf of the global business community for more than a decade and as the impacts of attacks on the private sector have grown more significant, she has focused on enhancing cybersecurity posture through education and thought leadership initiatives.
Previously, Beauchesne was senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department. In this role, she developed overall national security policy strategy and fostered public-private sector partnerships to help ensure that subsequent policies were mutually beneficial to both sectors. She also served as the principal spokesperson on national security and emergency preparedness issues and was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with administration and regulatory agency leaders.
Beauchesne also has more than 15 years of experience working on domestic terrorism preparedness. Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked for the National Governors Association (NGA) where she held a variety of positions, including policy analyst in the Natural Resources Division and program director of Emergency Management and Environment. At NGA, Beauchesne established its Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and served as its first executive director, identifying policy priorities for governors and their homeland security advisors.
Beauchesne served two terms on the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council (FEMA-NAC), which advises the administrator of FEMA on all aspects of emergency management. She was nominated for and completed the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) program at the Department of Defense and is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program at the elite Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Defense and Security. She serves as tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium, a forum for public and private sector disciplines that coalesces efforts and perspectives on how to best protect the United States during emergencies. Additionally, Beauchesne is a member of the Kohl’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board, providing strategic advice and direction to corporate leadership. She is also a member of the National Emergency Managers Association’s Private Sector Committee and the Georgetown Cybersecurity Law Institute’s Advisory Board. In 2013, Beauchesne was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
In addition to drafting the first-ever Governors’ Guide to Homeland Security, Beauchesne writes extensively on homeland security, terrorism, emergency management, natural disasters, and nuclear weapons.