Janice Kephart is CEO of Identity Strategy Partners and recipient of the 2015 Women in Biometrics Award, one of five women from over 50 nominated (Sept. 2015). She is a former 9/11 Commission counsel responsible for the 9/11 Final Report’s key identity and border recommendations. She is responsible for buzz phrases such as “terrorist travel” and “assuring people are who they say they are” and recommendations including biometric verification of identity and minimum standards for breeder documents, as well as passport requirements for all persons entering the U.S. She has testified before Congress 19 times, as an independent thought leader and policy driver that include biometric exit, passport and driver license security, biometric border solutions, and visa requirements.
She was invited and spoke before the United Nations National Security Council on terrorist travel and has served twice on the Senate Judiciary Committee as Terrorism and Technology counsel and as a 2013 Immigration Reform Special Counsel, and as a strategic advisor to the DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy. She was formerly founder/CEO of a leading trade organization, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) and Americas Director for international border organization BORDERPOL. She spent five years as national security director at a DC think tank and developed/hosted a digital homeland security radio show.
She is a graduate of Duke University, and Villanova Law School. She was listed by Duke University as one of their top ten most influential graduates of the 1980s. She is a Grammy associate member spoken word lyricist and spoken word recording artist and has collaborated with Grammy winners and nominees.