The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Amanda Lee Keammerer, who has served in an acting role since January, has been named as the Chamber’s permanent Vice President of Cybersecurity.
“Amanda joined my team less than two years ago and has since become one of the business community’s most important cybersecurity assets. Her experience and background in Washington, D.C., and particularly her federal cybersecurity and IT policy expertise, made elevating her to the permanent Vice President of Cybersecurity the right move for the organization and for the important and growing cybersecurity ecosystem here in San Antonio. Amanda’s ability to unite and promote the second largest concentration of cybersecurity professionals in the United States is taking our community’s efforts to new heights,” said San Antonio Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “From strengthening relationships to increasing our region’s global name recognition, Amanda plays an important role in elevating San Antonio’s contributions to local and national security.”
In her role as Vice President of Cybersecurity, Keammerer will continue to convene, connect, and brand the cybersecurity ecosystem through CyberSecurity San Antonio (CSSAtx), a program housed within the Chamber. In collaboration with highly engaged stakeholders, CSSAtx organizes the cyber community around five core focus areas: military and government affairs, innovation and economic development, talent and workforce development, global engagement, and sustainability.
Before joining the Chamber, Keammerer spent eight years in Washington, D.C., where she served as a political appointee at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during President Obama’s administration. There, Keammerer advised the Federal Chief Information Officer, as well as the first Federal Chief Information Security Officer, and implemented federal cybersecurity and IT policy across the federal government. Before the White House, Keammerer 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.
“Over the past five months, Amanda ensured our cybersecurity community was well-represented and connected, no matter the occasion. From meetings at the White House during the SA to DC Chamber-sponsored visit, to cybersecurity policy discussions in Austin during the recent 86th Texas Legislature, as well as briefing military commanders on the ecosystem’s accomplishments and capabilities – Amanda has greatly contributed to our cybersecurity ecosystem’s growth and success,” said Paula Gold-Williams, the 2019 Chair of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO of CPS Energy.
“Convening, connecting, and branding my hometown’s cyber community is a great privilege. Being part of this region’s incredible growth with organizations like Accenture Federal Services, IPSecure, Geekdom, and Rectify, and harnessing its collective power makes my job the most exciting position in town,” said Keammerer. “For decades, San Antonio has quietly led the nation in cybersecurity innovation through partnerships, technology, people, processes, workforce development, and customer service. The time for tepidness has passed – San Antonio’s cybersecurity ecosystem is awakening, and I am proud to lead the strategic alignment of our efforts.”
Keammerer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Smith College, and her Master of Arts degree in Global Communication from The George Washington University at the Elliott School of International Affairs. A proud SAISD alum, she is a Brackenridge High School graduate, a CyberPatriot mentor, and a member of the 2018 and 2019 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference national planning committee. Keammerer is currently an Honorary Commander with the 502d Air Base Wing within Joint Base San Antonio, the largest joint base within the Department of Defense.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been propelling business success since 1894. As the largest business association in the region, the Chamber focuses on advocating on behalf of business at the local, state, and federal level; collaborates with educational institutions and organizations to build a stronger workforce for the future; and provides a way for businesses of every size to build their network.