Stephen Vina is the Assistant National Cyber Director for Legislative Affairs at the Office of the National Cyber Director in the Executive Office of the President. Previously, Stephen was a Senior Vice President at Marsh, where he served as a cyber insurance broker and claims specialist. Prior to joining Marsh, Stephen spent nearly fifteen years on Capitol Hill advising Members of Congress on security issues. During this time, Stephen helped pass several major pieces of cyber legislation and held leadership positions in both the House and Senate, including Chief Counsel for Homeland Security on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Subcommittee Staff Director on the House Committee on Homeland Security. Stephen began his professional career at the Congressional Research Service where he focused on homeland security matters. Stephen is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and holds a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas (now Texas A&M University School of Law).
Prior to joining Marsh, Stephen worked on Capitol Hill advising senior Members of Congress on homeland security issues. Most recently, Stephen served as the Chief Counsel for Homeland Security on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs under former Chairman and Ranking Member, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE). As Chief Counsel, Stephen served as the top homeland security advisor for Senator Carper, led a team of Committee staff and coordinated homeland security activities on the Committee. Over his five years on the Committee, Stephen played an instrumental role in passing major pieces of cybersecurity legislation and investigating many high profile cyber incidents.
From 2007 to 2011, Stephen worked on the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives under former Chairman and current Ranking Member, Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS). He began his tenure on the Committee as a Counsel, working primarily on border security and immigration issues before being promoted to Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response and later, as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Stephen began his professional career in 2002 as a legislative attorney at the Congressional Research Service where he provided nonpartisan legal counsel to Members of Congress and their staffs.
Stephen is a 1999 cum laude graduate of the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), and holds a J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas (now Texas A&M University School of Law). In 2016 and 2017, Stephen served as an Adjunct Professor for Texas A&M School of Law, teaching the law school’s Law and Public Policy Seminar in Washington D.C.
Stephen is admitted to practice law in the state of Texas and is a licensed insurance broker in the state of New York.