DHS Faculty: Daniel Sutherland

Sutherland 150Daniel Sutherland is the Associate General Counsel for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, Mr. Sutherland is the primary legal advisor to the Under Secretary for NPPD, a component with a budget of over $1 billion and 17,000 employees and contractors. NPPD leads the Department’s work in cybersecurity, telecommunications, biometrics, and infrastructure resilience. Mr. Sutherland leads a team of attorneys that provides daily operational advice on complex cybersecurity incidents and large-scale data breaches; drafts and negotiates legislative proposals; advises senior officials on ethics, employment law, and appropriations law; and, represents the agency’s interests in litigation and congressional oversight.

Previously, Mr. Sutherland served in the Senior National Intelligence Service at the National Counterterrorism Center. Within the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, he coordinated government activities designed to prevent violent extremism around the world. Wired described Mr. Sutherland as “one of the government’s point people on stemming the appeal of al-Qaida.”

Prior to joining NCTC, Mr. Sutherland was the first Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Sutherland provided advice to Secretaries Ridge and Chertoff on outreach to American Arab and Muslim communities, watchlists, cybersecurity, immigration law and policy, accessibility of information technology, and emergency management issues. Mr. Sutherland’s 2005 speech on the need for the government to engage with American Arab and Muslim communities appeared in the publication Vital Speeches of the Day.

Mr. Sutherland started his federal career as a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where for 14 years he handled civil rights litigation. He was the first Executive Director of the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission. He is a co-author of the book Religion in the Workplace (American Bar Association, 1998) and the e-book, “An Unlikely Friendship: Lessons in Cultural Intelligence” (2014). Mr. Sutherland is a graduate of the University of Louisville and University of Virginia School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and George Washington University.

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