Bob Kolasky, DHS NPPD

Bob Kolasky, DHS NPPD at Venture Smarter's Smart Regions Congress

Bob Kolasky serves as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). As Acting Deputy Under Secretary, he oversees IP, the Federal Protective Service and the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, and works with the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications to ensure a holistic approach to critical infrastructure protection across physical and cyber risks activities.

Prior to serving in these current roles, Mr. Kolasky was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for IP in January 2015. As Deputy, he helps lead the coordinated national efforts to reduce the risk to the nation’s critical infrastructures posed by acts of terrorism, and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.

He has previously served as the Director of Strategy and Policy for IP, where he led strategic planning, performance management and budgeting for the organization, and served as Director of DHS Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure Integrated Task Force to implement Presidential Policy Directive 21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, as well as Executive Order 13636 on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Mr. Kolasky has also served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Risk Management Analysis at DHS where he was responsible for developing policies and processes to enable risk-informed strategic decisions by DHS.

Mr. Kolasky joined the Federal government in 2008 after six years as a management consultant. He graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. Prior to attending HKS, Mr. Kolasky was a journalist and an entrepreneur. He helped start two of the first public policy sites on the Internet and served as the Managing Editor for

Mr. Kolasky graduated from Dartmouth College in 1994.