Board of Directors


Michael Brown, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.), President, Spinnaker Security LLC,
ACSC Board Clerk

Michael Brown, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired) is the Founder and President, Spinnaker Security LLC, a cybersecurity consulting business focused on understanding, identifying and mitigating business risks associated with cybersecurity. Additionally, Brown brings executive leadership, including crisis management, from both public and private sector experiences. Just prior to this position, he was President, RSA Federal LLC and Vice President/General Manager Global Public Sector of RSA Security LLC. Responsibilities also included RSA Information Technology, Security and Enterprise Risk Management portfolios. RSA is part of Dell Technologies and formerly of EMC.

Brown joined RSA after a career of more than 31 years in the United States Navy. During his career, he had significant leadership positions within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security regarding cybersecurity. Brown’s last position on active duty was as the Director, Cybersecurity Coordination for DHS where he was responsible for increasing interdepartmental collaboration in strategic planning for the Nation’s cybersecurity, mutual support for cybersecurity capabilities development, and synchronization of current operational cybersecurity mission activities for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He also served as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, Acting Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications and as the Assistant Deputy Director Joint Interagency Task Force for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Brown’s naval career included numerous staff, afloat and joint positions. He also had various leadership positions, including command of the Naval Information Warfare Activity.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, he also has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (Electronic Warfare) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in National and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and was a designated Acquisition Professional.

Mike joined the ACSC board in 2013.

Greg Dracon, Partner, .406 Ventures

Greg joined .406 in 2007 and is involved in all aspects of the investing and portfolio management process. He brings 22 years of venture investing and technology operating and management experience. Prior to joining .406, Greg was a Vice President of Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage venture and small to mid-sized growth technology companies. At Core, Greg focused on cybersecurity, digital media, technology-enabled services and wireless applications. Before becoming a venture investor, Greg spent over a decade as an operator within the high tech industry and held various operating and management roles in worldwide sales, business development, product distribution and digital signal processing applications.

Greg received his MBA, with majors in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Greg has served on the ACSC board since 2012 and previously served as the Treasurer until 2019.

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Rick Grinnell, Managing Partner, Glasswing Ventures
ACSC Board Treasurer 

As a venture capitalist and seasoned operator, Rick has invested in some of the most dynamic companies in security, enterprise infrastructure and storage. During his 19 years of venture capital experience, which includes founding Glasswing Ventures and previously co-founding and serving as Managing Director of Fairhaven Capital, he has led investments and served on the board of directors for companies including EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), Prelert (acquired by Elastic), Pwnie Express, Resilient Systems (acquired by IBM), Trackvia, VeloBit (acquired by Western Digital) and most recently Allure Security, Armored Things and Terbium Labs.

Prior to joining the venture capital industry, Rick held senior engineering and marketing roles at PictureTel (acquired by Polycom), ClearOne Communications and Adero (acquired by Inktomi.) 

Rick is active with various entrepreneurial programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard and Tufts Universities, and is a frequent judge at MassChallenge. Rick’s contributions to the broader community include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Science in Boston, and as a member of the Educational Council at MIT.

Rick earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MBA from HBS and holds a U.S. patent.

Rick joined the ACSC board in 2019 and has served as Treasurer since joining.

William Guenther, Chairman, CEO & Founder, MassInsight Global Partnerships
ACSC Chairman of the Board

Mass Insight is a Boston-based consulting and research firm that creates competitive advantage through policy and partnerships of industry, universities and government. The firm’s focus on opportunities for pre-competitive, large scale technology R+D centers and collaborationsmshaped its Massachusetts Technology Road Map completed with Battelle in 2004 and the IT, Communications and Defense (ITCD) sector study produced with McKinsey & Co. in 2008. The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) grew out of recommendations by an Advisory Committee for the Mass Insight/McKinsey IT sector study. Mass Insight has guided the ACSC from business planning and a small-scale technical pilot to a successful launch as an independent self-governing nonprofit in 2011. The Center’s current membership includes 25 major industry, non-profit and government partners. The ACSC takes advantage of the New England region's unparalleled university, industrial and research resources to develop next- generation strategies for protecting large scale public and private IT infrastructure. Guenther chairs the ACSC Board, and Mass Insight provides ongoing strategy development and administrative support.

Guenther was also senior strategy consultant and founder of Mass Insight Education, a nonprofit leader in math and science education reform in the Commonwealth and working nationally on school turnaround strategies and district transformation. 

He is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University Law School.

Bill has served as the ACSC chairman since the board was established in 2012.

Joel Jacobs, Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer, The MITRE Corporation

Joel Jacobs is vice president, chief information officer (CIO), and chief security officer (CSO) of The MITRE Corporation. As CIO/CSO, Mr. Jacobs is responsible for advancing information technology (IT) services, infrastructure operations, and the innovative use of information technologies that enable MITRE staff to effectively serve the company's government sponsors. He leads the Enterprise Computing, Information, and Security organization, which provides comprehensive information technology, knowledge management, enterprise technical computing, information security, and global security services to the corporation.

As CSO, Mr. Jacobs oversees the integration and coordination among information security, global security services, and information systems. He sits on the board for the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

Under Mr. Jacobs’ leadership, MITRE has drawn recognition for its innovative IT practices and for its outstanding work environment for technology professionals from publications including Innovation Week, Computerworld, and CIO Magazine. The company has been among North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) award winner in 2009, 2011, 2015, and 2016. Also in 2016, MITRE was named to the InformationWeek Elite 100 list, which recognizes organizations for innovative applications of business technology. In 2017, MITRE placed second in the InformationWeek IT Excellence in Infrastructure awards program, and its corporate IT help desk received HDI's prestigious Team Excellence Award, which recognizes the team that has set and achieved the highest standards of excellence in customer service.

Mr. Jacobs was honored as a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2011 and as a Boston Business Journal/Mass High Tech CIO of the Year in 2012. In 2015, STEMconnector® named Mr. Jacobs among its 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM in recognition of MITRE’s dedication to supporting STEM initiatives. He was also a 2015 Federal Computer Week Federal 100 Award winner. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and natural science from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, he completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Joel joined the ACSC board in 2017.

Janet Levesque, Senior Vice President of Systems, Risk and Security, Mimecast

Janet Levesque joined Mimecast in 2018 as Senior Vice President of Systems, Risk and Security. In this role, she is responsible for global oversight of the internal technology application, security, infrastructure and risk teams, making sure security and technology is everyone’s business.

Janet brings more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in technical audit, information technology, security and risk management domains. Most recently, Janet served as the Chief Information Security Officer at RSA the security division of Dell/EMC. In this role she spearheaded the enterprise information security program and was responsible for maintaining a global risk strategy to determine acceptable levels of risk for the enterprise. 
Prior to that, she established the information security and compliance program at Aspect Software. She also designed and built the information security program to support initial SOX, and PCI compliance mandates at Circles, a Sodexo company for almost 7 years and wore several hats at an internet grocery delivery service during the dot com boom. Janet’s foundational years were spent in public accounting at Arthur Andersen assisting clients in financial services, consumer products, retail, and high technology industries to improve business performance by managing risks associated with the deployment and use of technology.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts/Economics.  Over the years she obtained her Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations.

Janet joined the ACSC board in 2018.

John Letchford, Chief Information Officer, University of Massachusetts President’s Office

John Letchford joined UMass in 2017 as the Chief Information Officer in the President’s Office. In his role he oversees University Information Technology Services (UITS) and provides strategic and collaborative leadership to enable technology to help UMass achieve its academic, research and administrative priorities. Before joining UMass John worked at MIT as the Chief Information Officer for the Sloan School of Management where he created a more cohesive, forward-thinking and progress technology environment for the school that could be a lever for innovation, visibility and value. Prior to MIT John worked at Tufts University for a year as a Senior Strategist, assisting the University Chief Information Officer with the transition towards an integrated IT operating and shared services delivery model as part of a larger university-wide effort to transform administrative processes and practices.

Prior to moving into Higher Education, John was the Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role John set strategic direction and led key information technologies programs across executive government. He served as the chair of the state’s IT governing body, the CIO Cabinet, and also served as a member of the State 911 Commission, Governor’s Health IT Council, and on the board of the Mass Broadband Institute. John was a Director on the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Executive Committee and in 2013 was named as one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation nationwide. Prior to becoming State CIO, John was Deputy CIO with overall responsibility for the day-to-day service operations of the central Information Technology Division and for helping drive the state’s information technology infrastructure consolidation program. John received the national ITIL Public Sector Award from ITSMF-USA in 2010 for his work on improving service delivery and providing fiscal transparency.

Before his state government service John began his career at Procter & Gamble in Belgium in the early 1990s before re-locating to the People’s Republic of China where he was the technology leader for the successful implementation of SAP finance and manufacturing process services. In 1998 he moved to the U.S. to oversee a large-scale ITIL implementation and then to lead a program to integrate P&G’s SAP global development processes and systems across the company.

John was born in the UK and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Exeter, and a Master’s degree in Information Processing from the University of York.

John joined the ACSC board in 2019.

David E. Luzzi, PhD., MBA, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Vice President of the Innovation Campus at Burlington, MA, Northeastern University 

David E. Luzzi is Vice President for the Northeastern University Innovation Campus in Burlington, MA (ICBM) and the Senior Vice Provost for Research. He is the Chairman of the Board of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University, LLC and the former Dean of Engineering. He is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

As a professor, Luzzi has extensive teaching and research experience in materials, nanoscience, and atomic level structure and processes. His research program executed projects for the Army, Navy, Air Force, NATO, National Science Foundation, NASA, the European Union, and other international, federal and state agencies and corporations. He is a graduate of the Stevens Institute of Technology (BE, Nuclear and Thermonuclear Energy, 1980), Northwestern University (PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, 1986), the Institute for Defense Analyses Defense Science Study Group (1997) and the Wharton School of Business (MBA, 2007) where he was a Palmer Scholar. He has authored over 130 publications and patents on nanoscale phenomena, instrumentation, and materials, cited in over 6,000 publications. Two companies were spun out of Luzzi’s research lab. 

Luzzi has been awarded the US Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the George Heilmeier Award for Research Innovation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Cyber Security Center and was a recent member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Cyber Supply Chain Risk. He was a Science and Technology Fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and a member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, including as Science and Technology Chair.

David joined the ACSC board in 2016.

John McKenna, President, RoundTable Security, LLC 

John, President of RoundTable Security, retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2018. While there, he had enterprise-wide responsibility for Liberty Mutual’s global information security strategies and programs.  

John joined Liberty Mutual in 1979.  His career in Information Technology has included assignments as a software developer, data base analyst, program manager of enterprise data strategies and strategic development initiatives, Market CIO, and VP of IT Strategy and Planning.

John holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire.

John joined the ACSC board in 2017.

Ken Montgomery, First Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Ken Montgomery, first vice president and chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, is responsible for the Bank’s financial and U.S. Treasury services, information technology, regional outreach and community development, strategic planning, human resources, corporate support, and administrative activities.

In a national capacity, Montgomery is the Secure Payment Strategy Leader responsible for the Federal Reserve System’s effort to reduce fraud risk and advance the safety, security, and resiliency of the U.S. payment system. As part of this initiative, he chairs the Federal Reserve’s Secure Payments Task Force, comprising more than 200
external payment industry stakeholders.

Montgomery also directs financial management strategies and operations as function director for the Federal Reserve System’s Financial Support Office. He serves on the Fed’s Financial Services Policy Committee, which sets the strategic direction for the evolving U.S. payment system, and he is a former chair and current member of the Federal Reserve’s Conference of First Vice Presidents.

Prior to joining the Boston Fed in 2011, Montgomery was executive vice president and Federal Reserve System chief technology officer based out of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In this role, he presided over a broad swath of information technology functions that guide and support technology groups at Regional Banks across the Federal Reserve System. His responsibilities included business consulting, technology and strategic planning and standards development, information security policy and risk management, high-intensity solutions engineering, and overall national program management.

Montgomery’s Fed career began at the New York Fed in 1983. Montgomery, originally from Kearny, New Jersey, received a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He serves as chair of the Boston Private Industry Council - Boston’s Workforce Development Board; is an executive committee member of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Ken joined the ACSC board in 2013 and previously served as Vice Chairman.

Christopher Perretta, Chief Information and Operations Officer, MUFG Americas Holding Corp. (Retired)

Christopher (Chris) Perretta served as MUFG’s  Chief Information and Operations Officer for the Americas through 2018, leading the bank’s technology, program management and Corporate Data Security well as the Bank’s Core Banking replacement program. In this capacity he served on the U.S. Executive Committee of BTMU U.S. Holdings as well as a series of Management Committees. Prior to joining BTMU, Chris served as Chief Information Officer for State Street Corp, where he was responsible for all aspects of State Street’s information technology businesses and activities worldwide. Before State Street he spent 11 years at GE Capital in a variety of roles within the technology organization, spending his last eight serving as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Perretta has been an Independent Board Director at Netscout Systems since 2012 as well as sitting on the board of the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

Chris holds an BS in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University an MSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Syracuse University.  He is also a graduate of the General Electric Edison Engineering Program 1981 and a recipient of Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 2003.  His achievements have been recognized by being named CIO Magazine’s  “CIO Hall of Fame” inductee 2015, and being awarded the  MIT Innovation Leadership Award and CIO of the Year from Boston Business Magazine both in 2014.

Chris joined the ACSC board in 2012.

Thomas Quinn, Head of Enterprise Security and Chief Information Security Officer, T. Rowe Price

Tom Quinn is Head of Enterprise Security for T. Rowe Price and serves as the firm’s Chief Information Security Officer. Before joining T. Rowe Price, he was Managing Director and Technology Controls Officer for JPMC Consumer and Community Banking. Previously, Tom was Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer for BNY Mellon and Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for State Street Corporation. He also managed both Infrastructure and Application Security teams at Goldman Sachs. Tom earned a B.A. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and a M.S. in Information Technology Management from Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Tom joined the ACSC board when it was established in 2012.

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Adeel Saeed, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Corporate Technology Services, State Street

Adeel Saeed is a Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)  and Interim Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Corporate Technology Services) at State Street. He has end-to-end accountability for leading, planning and building advocacy, support and sponsorship for information security across the organization and around the world. By leveraging leading edge technology and engineering practices, objective of Information security is to bring together different disciplines that revolve around security to establish the vision, strategy and architecture to ensure client and other data can be secured effectively and flexibly. 

In his interim capacity he is also is currently responsible for providing leadership for developing and implementing strategic technology initiatives and directing the planning, prioritization, and implementation of IT systems in support of State Street’s our corporate functions (including Compliance, Finance, Legal, Risk, Audit and HR). 

Prior to joining State Street, he was the chief information officer of Group Corporate Technology for the  London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) where he was responsible for the Group’s Corporate Systems, PMO, Business Management and Information Security. He has led technology transformation through technology modernization and cost efficiencies through standardization. He is well experienced in delivering technology platforms and tools to empower business growth while managing talent and integrations.  He has held various senior technology positions at various financial institutions, including, American Stock Exchange and Millennium BCP (formerly known as Banco Commercial Portuguese). 

Adeel Saeed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science.. He also represents State Street as a board member of FSARC under FS-ISAC.

Adeel joined the ACSC board in 2019.

Joel Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global New Business Development EMC (Retired) 

Joel Schwartz is the retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global New Business Development at EMC Corporation. In that role, Schwartz initiated EMC's R&D efforts in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Singapore and Mexico as well as numerous investments/acquisitions in Israeli companies and joint ventures in China. Earlier at EMC, Schwartz headed the Clariion Storage Division and later the Supply Chain and Procurement functions as well as all Hardware Engineering. Schwartz joined EMC in 1999 where he was the Senior VP and GM of the Clariion Storage Division as well as VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing.

Schwartz is an advisor or board member/ observer to numerous startups and venture funds in Boston and New York. He is a former Board of Trustees member of Mass Ventures, a state of Massachusetts venture capital organization. Schwartz is a Board Member of the business schools at Worcester Polytech and Brandeis University. He is also the Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Globalization at Case Western Reserve University. Schwartz is a member and Treasurer of the Finca Vigia Foundation, a non-profit organization working to preserve Hemingway's legacy in Cuba.

Joel joined the ACSC board in 2018.

Jack Wilson, Ph.D., President Emeritus The University of Massachusetts and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation, The University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dr. Wilson has served as a Professor and an administrator in research universities for most of his 40 year long career. He has also founded and led a private sector company.  

  • President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation, University of Massachusetts, 2011-
  • President (interim) Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate 2011-2012
  • President, Univ. of Massachusetts 2003-2011
  • Dean of Engineering (interim) 2012-2013
  • Founding Chair of the Mass Green High Performance Computing Center 2009-2011.
  • CEO, UMassOnline and Vice President, Univ. of Massachusetts 2001-2003
  • 2003 J Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor of Physics, Engineering Science, Information Technology and Management as well as other titles (Professor, Dean, interim Provost, Research Center Director, etc.) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1990-2001.
  • Chairman of the Board of the ILINC Corporation 1993-2000. President 1993-95, One of three founders. Eventually a $500 million educational software company.
  • Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers 1982-1990
  • Professor of Physics, University of Maryland 1984-1990

He is currently serving as the Chair of the U.S. Department of Education FIPSE Advisory Board, the Board Chair of the National Center for Academic Transformation and a member of the Advanced Cyber Security Center Board. He served as the Chair of New England Defense Technology Initiative, The Higher Educational National Security Advisory Board to the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security, and was an appointed voting delegate of Massachusetts to the Education Commission of the States. His work in creating new learning environments enabled by advances in computing, communications, and cognition has been recognized by awards such as the Theodore Hesburgh Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Prize, the Boeing Prize, an Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the United States Army for service to the Army Education program, and as a Fellow of American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. He also chaired the Online Learning Commission for the Presidents of the American Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) which did a study of the online learning strategies of the public research universities in partnership with the Sloan Foundation. He chaired the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity of the Presidents of the American Public and Land Grant Universities.

Jack joined the ACSC board in 2012.

Christopher Zannetos, Co-Founder and CEO, Covered Security

Chris Zannetos is a serial entrepreneur, who has founded three successful security companies.   He is currently CEO/co-founder of Covered Security (, the world’s first personal assistant for online security.  Combining consumer app habit creation techniques with the automation of IAM solutions, Covered motivates and empowers people to improve their online security to avoid identity theft while also reducing cyber risk for enterprises, and reducing fraud and increasing revenue for banks.

Prior to Covered, Chris led Courion Corporation, a market leading Identity & Access Management software company, from inception to acquisition – reaching $40 million in revenue, over 200 staff members, and operations across the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Chris and Courion were repeatedly recognized as pioneers and innovators in digital identity management.

Chris is also a passionate believer in STEM education as a powerful tool to drive economic advancement and battle generational poverty – and in the responsibility of tech companies large and small to take action.  He has founded and runs STEMatch (, a 501c3 non-profit that brings businesses and schools together to inspire and support STEM education, and make opportunity available to all in our community. STEMatch recently was awarded a Cybersecurity Workforce Development Grant by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, funding a collaboration of security vendors, end user organizations, and MassBay Community College to expand the pool of potential cybersecurity staff to under-represented groups and displaced workers from shrinking industries.

Chris joined the ACSC board in 2018.

Counsel: Colin Zick, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP