Your Chamber announced today that Vice President of CyberSecurity San Antonio Will Garrett will transition from his position at the Chamber to a new role as Port San Antonio’s Vice President and Director of Cybersecurity Development. He will be succeeded by Amanda Keammerer, who currently serves as Deputy Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio.
Will joined the Chamber in 2007, and served San Antonio’s business community through multiple roles throughout his tenure. From economic development to military affairs to the Chamber’s first Vice President for CyberSecurity and the Founder of Build Sec Foundry, he has blazed a trail for the region’s business community and cybersecurity industry.
“Will has been an energetic, loyal, and dedicated member of my staff for 12 years, and he has provided tremendous value to the business community,” said San Antonio Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “We will miss having him on our team, but we are grateful that we will continue to collaborate through his new role at the Port.”
“On behalf of our 2,100 members, I am thrilled to support Amanda as our new Acting Vice President of Cybersecurity & Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio. I know she will greatly contribute to San Antonio’s strategic success by helping to build our cybersecurity ecosystem around common goals and objectives that protect Chamber businesses, as well as our entire thriving metropolitan community,” said Paula Gold-Williams, 2019 Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and President and CEO of CPS Energy.
“In 13 short months, Amanda has brought incredible focus to the CyberSecurity San Antonio program. With Amanda’s federal experience, strong network, and commitment to her hometown’s cybersecurity community, I am confident Amanda will continue to ensure that our region’s cyber ecosystem speaks with one voice and moves forward together with one mission,” added Perez.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Amanda is a community-driven leader with a strong background in cybersecurity policy, strategic communication, and international affairs. In Washington, D.C., she served as a political appointee at the White House during President Obama’s administration. In that role, she advised the Federal Chief Information Officer, and implemented cyber and IT policy across the Federal government.
Before serving in the Office of Management and Budget, Amanda led digital marketing initiatives at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and served as community relations manager at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Office. She earned her MA in Global Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her BA in Russian Studies from Smith College in Northampton, MA.
“I want to thank Richard and Paula for their leadership and Will for mentoring me. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead our cybersecurity business community, as well as the CyberSecurity San Antonio program,” said Amanda Keammerer, Acting Vice President of Cybersecurity & Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio. “As the second largest concentration of cybersecurity professionals in the United States, we have a remarkable responsibility to unite San Antonio’s efforts; inform the community about opportunities in this field; and attract more talent, more jobs, and more innovation.”