Ellen McClainPresident

Ellen McClain recently completed in January 2019, a three year term as a Special Assistant and rehired annuitant with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, returning to the agency where she began her government career more than three decades ago. Prior to retiring in 2015, she served the Department of Homeland Security as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Transborder Security) from 2012-2015 and as Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement) from 2003-2012. Ms. McClain was the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Enforcement) for the U.S. Customs Service from 1985-2002 and Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement) at the Department of Treasury. Ms. McClain holds degrees from Duke University (B.A), Vermont Law School (J.D.), and Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M.)

Detailed to the White House in 2003 to assist in setting up the Department of Homeland Security, she led a small team of attorneys and, for her efforts, was nominated by the General Counsel and endorsed by the Deputy Secretary for the Federal Bar Association’s Transportation Attorney of the Year. During her career she received multiple awards from the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commissioner of Customs. In 2008, she was honored with the General Counsel’s Award for Extraordinary Achievement in National Security Law or Homeland Security Law.

In addition to serving as President of Executive Women in Government, Ms. McClain is a member of the advisory board for Interages, a non-profit organization offering intergenerational programs throughout the community. Since 2015, she has also participated as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to support and improve the lives of children coming into the social services system.

Ellen McClainPresident

Ellen McClain recently completed in January 2019, a three year term as a Special Assistant and rehired annuitant with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, returning to the agency where she began her government career more than three decades ago. Prior to retiring in 2015, she served the Department of Homeland Security as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Transborder Security) from 2012-2015 and as Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement) from 2003-2012. Ms. McClain was the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Enforcement) for the U.S. Customs Service from 1985-2002 and Deputy Assistant General Counsel (Enforcement) at the Department of Treasury. Ms. McClain holds degrees from Duke University (B.A), Vermont Law School (J.D.), and Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M.)

Detailed to the White House in 2003 to assist in setting up the Department of Homeland Security, she led a small team of attorneys and, for her efforts, was nominated by the General Counsel and endorsed by the Deputy Secretary for the Federal Bar Association’s Transportation Attorney of the Year. During her career she received multiple awards from the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commissioner of Customs. In 2008, she was honored with the General Counsel’s Award for Extraordinary Achievement in National Security Law or Homeland Security Law.

In addition to serving as President of Executive Women in Government, Ms. McClain is a member of the advisory board for Interages, a non-profit organization offering intergenerational programs throughout the community. Since 2015, she has also participated as a Court Appointed Special Advocate to support and improve the lives of children coming into the social services system.

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Deborah LebenVice President

Deborah Leben has been privileged to serve for over 20 years in the federal government with the U.S. Secret Service in senior leadership and technical positions to advance national and international forensic science initiatives. As the Laboratory Director and Supervisory Forensic Scientist, Deborah led research studies and fostered strategic partnerships with government, industry, and academia to expand enterprise programs in forensic analyses and evidence operations. She has traveled internationally and initiated cooperative agreements to cultivate shared services with law enforcement and academic partners. Over her career, Deborah has served in 30+ volunteer positions to empower women and children, and advance cancer research and criminal justice services. She enjoys traveling often to Cleveland, Ohio to visit friends and family.

Deborah LebenVice President

Deborah Leben has been privileged to serve for over 20 years in the federal government with the U.S. Secret Service in senior leadership and technical positions to advance national and international forensic science initiatives. As the Laboratory Director and Supervisory Forensic Scientist, Deborah led research studies and fostered strategic partnerships with government, industry, and academia to expand enterprise programs in forensic analyses and evidence operations. She has traveled internationally and initiated cooperative agreements to cultivate shared services with law enforcement and academic partners. Over her career, Deborah has served in 30+ volunteer positions to empower women and children, and advance cancer research and criminal justice services. She enjoys traveling often to Cleveland, Ohio to visit friends and family.

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Cindy MorganTreasurer

Ms. Morgan currently works in the acquisition management office at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in Washington, DC. Responsibilities include operations of contract administration and policy development, semiannual contract reviews, and responses to Management and Department reporting inquiries. Prior to working at the OCC, Ms. Morgan served as a Lead Contract Specialist at Indian Health Services and Procurement Analyst in the Office of the Senior Procurement Executive at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) working on a wide range of high-visibility, department-wide acquisition policy initiatives. Prior to HHS, she served as a Contracting Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration with experience in the procurement of high-dollar IT contracts, managing both pre- and post-award functions. Ms. Morgan began her career in the Federal Government as an Acquisition Management Intern at the Department of Interior after 20 years in radio broadcast sales. She also served as a member of the FAR Technology Team, OFPP’s Service Acquisition Inventory Interagency Working Group, and served as the 2017 NCMA Vice President of Programs, Washington D.C. Chapter. Ms. Morgan received the 2013 NCMA Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a Master of Science Management Degree in Federal Acquisition and Contract Management from Catholic University in 2014. She has authored two articles on acquisition that were published in the April 2014 NCMA Contract Management magazine and the 2013 NCMA Journal. In her leisure time, Ms. Morgan likes to work out, travel, tour art museums, attend Broadway musicals, and scout the latest fashions. Ms. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge in acquisition operations and policy, and EWG is excited to have her join our team!

Cindy MorganTreasurer

Ms. Morgan currently works in the acquisition management office at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in Washington, DC. Responsibilities include operations of contract administration and policy development, semiannual contract reviews, and responses to Management and Department reporting inquiries. Prior to working at the OCC, Ms. Morgan served as a Lead Contract Specialist at Indian Health Services and Procurement Analyst in the Office of the Senior Procurement Executive at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) working on a wide range of high-visibility, department-wide acquisition policy initiatives. Prior to HHS, she served as a Contracting Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration with experience in the procurement of high-dollar IT contracts, managing both pre- and post-award functions. Ms. Morgan began her career in the Federal Government as an Acquisition Management Intern at the Department of Interior after 20 years in radio broadcast sales. She also served as a member of the FAR Technology Team, OFPP’s Service Acquisition Inventory Interagency Working Group, and served as the 2017 NCMA Vice President of Programs, Washington D.C. Chapter. Ms. Morgan received the 2013 NCMA Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and a Master of Science Management Degree in Federal Acquisition and Contract Management from Catholic University in 2014. She has authored two articles on acquisition that were published in the April 2014 NCMA Contract Management magazine and the 2013 NCMA Journal. In her leisure time, Ms. Morgan likes to work out, travel, tour art museums, attend Broadway musicals, and scout the latest fashions. Ms. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge in acquisition operations and policy, and EWG is excited to have her join our team!

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Tanya EverettSecretary

Tanya Everett is the Human Resources Officer (HRO) for the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and
Printing (BEP), U.S. Department of the Treasury.  As the HRO, Tanya leads and accelerates
transformation through developing and executing human capital strategy. With nearly 24 years
of federal government experience in a variety of human capital management roles at various
federal agencies, Tanya offers a broad knowledge of program, leadership, change management,
policy and personnel strategies. She served our nation faithfully as an active duty U.S. Marine
for over 12 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in
Human Services.
As a devoted mother of six, tenacious leader, resilient professional, and resourceful mentor,
Tanya capitalizes on every opportunity to improve her knowledge and leadership potential, all
the while passing these gifts to others. While serving as the 2009 National Military Spouse of
the Year, Tanya penned a monthly column in a national magazine to create awareness within the
military community, the media, and the general public, about critical issues facing military
families. In addition to serving as the Executive Women in Government Secretary (2017-2018,
2019-2021), she has volunteered as a youth softball coach for girls, empowered others as a career
and Veteran mentor, and worked with local women’s shelters. Tanya currently resides in
Virginia with her family.

Tanya EverettSecretary

Tanya Everett is the Human Resources Officer (HRO) for the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and
Printing (BEP), U.S. Department of the Treasury.  As the HRO, Tanya leads and accelerates
transformation through developing and executing human capital strategy. With nearly 24 years
of federal government experience in a variety of human capital management roles at various
federal agencies, Tanya offers a broad knowledge of program, leadership, change management,
policy and personnel strategies. She served our nation faithfully as an active duty U.S. Marine
for over 12 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in
Human Services.
As a devoted mother of six, tenacious leader, resilient professional, and resourceful mentor,
Tanya capitalizes on every opportunity to improve her knowledge and leadership potential, all
the while passing these gifts to others. While serving as the 2009 National Military Spouse of
the Year, Tanya penned a monthly column in a national magazine to create awareness within the
military community, the media, and the general public, about critical issues facing military
families. In addition to serving as the Executive Women in Government Secretary (2017-2018,
2019-2021), she has volunteered as a youth softball coach for girls, empowered others as a career
and Veteran mentor, and worked with local women’s shelters. Tanya currently resides in
Virginia with her family.

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