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Michael Garcia, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Michael Garcia, National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST, Ex-Officio

Mike Garcia leads NIST's Trusted Identities Group, focusing on market-based solutions for identity management and establishing guidelines and standards to accelerate government and commercial adoption of privacy-enhancing, secure, interoperable, and easy-to-use digital identity solutions. He oversees a grants portfolio piloting innovative digital identity solutions totaling more than $50 million in grant funding, drafting and updating federal standards for information technology, developing and harmonizing international standards, and advancing research in identity technology and measurement science. Mike has been with NIST since 2011 after serving as Sr. Cybersecurity Strategist at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2011.

Mike has also been an instructor of agribusiness management at Ohio State, a marketing research manager, and developed combat search and rescue navigation control systems for a U.S. Air Force contractor. Mike holds a doctorate in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from Ohio State with foci in Information Security Economics and Resource Economics. Additionally, Mike holds an M.A. in Economics and an MBA from Ohio State, as well as a B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Computer Science, and B.S.Ed. in Education from the University of Dayton.