Sasha Cohen O’ConnellProgram Committee Chair

Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is an Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs, American University where she currently teaches cyber policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she serves as the Director of both the Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy and Justice Law and Criminology Master’s programs at American and as a consultant to the National Security Segment of Guidehouse, LLC.

O'Connell's career in public service includes time in academia and the executive branch. She has spent the majority of her career at the FBI where she served most recently as the organization's Chief Policy Advisory, Science and Technology and as the Section Chief of Office of National Policy for the FBI's Deputy Director where she led policy engagement with the National Security Council on a wide breadth of issues. O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College as well as an MPA and Doctorate in Public Administration from American University.

Sasha Cohen O’ConnellProgram Committee Chair

Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is an Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs, American University where she currently teaches cyber policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally, she serves as the Director of both the Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy and Justice Law and Criminology Master’s programs at American and as a consultant to the National Security Segment of Guidehouse, LLC.

O'Connell's career in public service includes time in academia and the executive branch. She has spent the majority of her career at the FBI where she served most recently as the organization's Chief Policy Advisory, Science and Technology and as the Section Chief of Office of National Policy for the FBI's Deputy Director where she led policy engagement with the National Security Council on a wide breadth of issues. O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College as well as an MPA and Doctorate in Public Administration from American University.

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Deborah LebenCommunication Chair

Deborah Leben began her professional career at the U.S. Secret Service within the Office Investigations in 1990 serving as a technical expert in forensic science, and the past 15 years in supervisory senior leadership positions within the Agency. Privileged to serve as Laboratory Director of the Secret Service Crime Laboratory and Strategic Program Advisor for the Office of Human Resources, Ms. Leben was responsible for overseeing enterprise biometric and forensic programs, facilitated interagency research and technology advancements across government, and executed human resources funding initiatives to achieve hiring and workforce engagement strategic goals. Ms. Leben is currently serving as Supervisory Forensic Scientist, supporting the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors to connect government entities globally to achieve forensic accreditation that promotes fair and objective services within the criminal justice system. Ms. Leben has served as the Vice-President and Membership Chair of the Executive Women in Government (EWG) and has been a mentor with EWG and the Senior Executives Association. Ms. Leben is from Cleveland, Ohio where her family resides and has a Yorkie and Shih Tzu named Sophie and Sydney. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting women and cancer research programs through the MK Charitable Foundation, Women Giving Back, and Suited for Change.

Deborah LebenCommunication Chair

Deborah Leben began her professional career at the U.S. Secret Service within the Office Investigations in 1990 serving as a technical expert in forensic science, and the past 15 years in supervisory senior leadership positions within the Agency. Privileged to serve as Laboratory Director of the Secret Service Crime Laboratory and Strategic Program Advisor for the Office of Human Resources, Ms. Leben was responsible for overseeing enterprise biometric and forensic programs, facilitated interagency research and technology advancements across government, and executed human resources funding initiatives to achieve hiring and workforce engagement strategic goals. Ms. Leben is currently serving as Supervisory Forensic Scientist, supporting the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors to connect government entities globally to achieve forensic accreditation that promotes fair and objective services within the criminal justice system. Ms. Leben has served as the Vice-President and Membership Chair of the Executive Women in Government (EWG) and has been a mentor with EWG and the Senior Executives Association. Ms. Leben is from Cleveland, Ohio where her family resides and has a Yorkie and Shih Tzu named Sophie and Sydney. In her spare time, she enjoys supporting women and cancer research programs through the MK Charitable Foundation, Women Giving Back, and Suited for Change.

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Ms. Atisha N. BurksMentoring Program Chair

Ms. Atisha Burks is the Assistant Director for Resource Management (CFO) with the Federal Protective Service. She is the Senior Executive responsible for leading actions to sustain and improve accounting and finance operations to meet FPS’ goals. She provides strategic leadership and executive oversight of the following programs in support of the FPS law enforcement and security mission: budget and finance, human resources, acquisition, personnel security, procurement, diversity and inclusion, ethics, project management, labor relations and the organizations program analysis and evaluation efforts. In this capacity, she oversees an annual budget of over $1.5 billion and supports a workforce of approximately 1400 federal employees and over 13,000 contractors.
She was previously the Senior Accounting and Finance Leader of the Navy (Financial Operations), (SL(FO)). As an SL, she was responsible for guiding the efforts to standardize DON business procedures to improve the accuracy and reliability of financial and business information while supporting DON commitment to financial statement audit remediation. She was responsible for actively participating to ensure that DON financial events are generated in compliance with accounting standards and providing advice and guidance on audit remediation and assurance activities to senior members of the Navy staff.

Prior to her work with DON, she served as the Chief of the Office of Financial Reporting, Policy, and Property with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), where she was responsible for the implementation of financial reporting policy, directives and procedures; the implementation, oversight, and evaluation of the requirements for all USCG property; and oversight over the component-level audit process and corrective action plans for the financial statement audit.

Ms. Burks has also served as the Director of the Office of Financial Reporting and Policy for the Department of Commerce. She was responsible for overseeing the planning and coordination of the preparation of quarterly and annual Departmental financial reports (e.g., Prompt Payment, Cash Management, Debt Management, Treasury Reports, and Financial Statements); the planning of and reporting on Department-wide financial management programs; and preparing special financial management reports in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Treasury, Congress, and other issues. Ms. Burks was responsible for formulating and prescribing Department-wide financial management, accounting and fiscal policies, procedures, standards and controls, and for providing assistance to Departmental components in their implementation.
Ms. Burks began her career 19 years ago as an intern with the United States Coast Guard Finance Center, where she primarily worked on receivables and reimbursable. Currently, Ms. Burks is commonly a speaker as an expert in various financial management topics and early career events focused on the next generation of financial management professionals with the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), American Society of Military Comptrollers, and various public accounting firms. She has received numerous Department of Commerce Bronze Awards for her efforts on government-wide initiatives and also led the Department of Commerce to receive the AGA Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.

Ms. Atisha N. BurksMentoring Program Chair

Ms. Atisha Burks is the Assistant Director for Resource Management (CFO) with the Federal Protective Service. She is the Senior Executive responsible for leading actions to sustain and improve accounting and finance operations to meet FPS’ goals. She provides strategic leadership and executive oversight of the following programs in support of the FPS law enforcement and security mission: budget and finance, human resources, acquisition, personnel security, procurement, diversity and inclusion, ethics, project management, labor relations and the organizations program analysis and evaluation efforts. In this capacity, she oversees an annual budget of over $1.5 billion and supports a workforce of approximately 1400 federal employees and over 13,000 contractors.
She was previously the Senior Accounting and Finance Leader of the Navy (Financial Operations), (SL(FO)). As an SL, she was responsible for guiding the efforts to standardize DON business procedures to improve the accuracy and reliability of financial and business information while supporting DON commitment to financial statement audit remediation. She was responsible for actively participating to ensure that DON financial events are generated in compliance with accounting standards and providing advice and guidance on audit remediation and assurance activities to senior members of the Navy staff.

Prior to her work with DON, she served as the Chief of the Office of Financial Reporting, Policy, and Property with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), where she was responsible for the implementation of financial reporting policy, directives and procedures; the implementation, oversight, and evaluation of the requirements for all USCG property; and oversight over the component-level audit process and corrective action plans for the financial statement audit.

Ms. Burks has also served as the Director of the Office of Financial Reporting and Policy for the Department of Commerce. She was responsible for overseeing the planning and coordination of the preparation of quarterly and annual Departmental financial reports (e.g., Prompt Payment, Cash Management, Debt Management, Treasury Reports, and Financial Statements); the planning of and reporting on Department-wide financial management programs; and preparing special financial management reports in response to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Treasury, Congress, and other issues. Ms. Burks was responsible for formulating and prescribing Department-wide financial management, accounting and fiscal policies, procedures, standards and controls, and for providing assistance to Departmental components in their implementation.
Ms. Burks began her career 19 years ago as an intern with the United States Coast Guard Finance Center, where she primarily worked on receivables and reimbursable. Currently, Ms. Burks is commonly a speaker as an expert in various financial management topics and early career events focused on the next generation of financial management professionals with the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), American Society of Military Comptrollers, and various public accounting firms. She has received numerous Department of Commerce Bronze Awards for her efforts on government-wide initiatives and also led the Department of Commerce to receive the AGA Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.

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