Hello and Goodbye: New Faces in IDESG Leadership for 2014-2015

Change in Executive Director

At the 8th Plenary meeting on April 3, current IDESG Executive Director Kay Chopard Cohen announced that she would be leaving her position to take a new position as Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). Kay's service as the initial Executive Director to the newly formed IDESG, Inc. was recognized by the leadership during the Plenary. In thanks for the recognition by the organization she said, "It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with all of you at the IDESG and I encourage you not to give up on the critical work you are doing. What you are working on has the potential to be revolutionary and I look forward to the great things you will accomplish."

About the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG)

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), signed by the President in April 2011, states, “A secure cyberspace is critical to our prosperity.” This powerful declaration makes clear that securing cyberspace is absolutely essential to increasing the security and privacy of transactions conducted over the Internet. The Identity Ecosystem envisioned in the NSTIC is an online environment that will enable people to validate their identities securely, but with minimized disclosure of personal information when they are conducting transactions.


The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) has been established as a new organization led by the private sector in conjunction with, but independent of the Federal Government.  As a key stakeholder and active participant in the Identity Ecosystem, the government has funded Trusted Federal Systems, Inc., through a competitive grant, to provide technical, administrative and operational support for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group.  After a period of initial Government support, the Steering Group will soon be establishing a self-sustaining structure capable of allowing continued growth and operational independence.

In addition to the Secretariat, the Steering Group consists of two bodies, a Plenary and a Management Council, with mutually supporting roles and dispersed decision making responsibilities. Additional details available here

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