Sunita Patel

Sunita Patel (She/her)

Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director, Technology Security | Office of the National Cyber Director | Executive Office of the President
The White House

The White House’s Office of the National Cyber Director believes that a resilient and defensible
cyberspace is a national security imperative, an economic prosperity imperative, and a human rights
imperative. In her role as Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director for the Technology Security
Directorate, Sunita leads and supports forward-looking policy solutions for technology that can scale
security sustainably across a complex cyber ecosystem and respect the latter three imperatives. Sunita
is a firm believer in bringing together people, doctrine, and technology in order to create the world we
want and need to live in.

Sunita joined the Office of the National Cyber Director after serving at the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence, where she most recently held the role of Chief Counsel to several of the agency’s
components, including the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the Election Threats
Executive, and the Economic Threat and Financial Intelligence Threat Executive. In this capacity, she led
a team of attorneys in supporting U.S. counterintelligence and security activities to include personnel
security, Information and Communications Technology and Services supply chain risk management,
election security, and data privacy.  Prior to this position, Sunita provided legal counsel to the
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer, and
the Intelligence Community Chief Data Officer on a variety of cyber issues and initiatives affecting the
Intelligence Community’s mission space, and to the National Counterterrorism Center on information
sharing matters.   Before joining the ODNI, Sunita provided legal support to the Department of
Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on immigration and terrorism topics. 

Sunita’s professional achievements have earned her recognition from several departments and
agencies, and include receipt of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Community
Award in 2020 for leading Intelligence Community attorneys in the development and implementation of
federal supply chain risk management laws and policies.

Sunita holds a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of
Law, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/U.S. by the International Association of Privacy

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