Pacific Northwest Cybersecurity Business Leadership Council

About the Council

This council is a select group of senior business leaders engaged in managing digital risk. Participants typically hold the title of CEOs/CISOs/CMOs/ CPOs/CIOs/Chief Risk Officers in our region and beyond. Membership is by invitation only and discretion is assured.


The group will engage periodically on these goals

  1. Validate our understanding of the business problems, trends and opportunities in the multiple realms of cybersecurity.
  2. Provide a strategic and interactive community for Pacific Northwest business leaders in the world of cybersecurity, under the auspices of the UW Bothell School of Business.
  3. Engage in co-creating the key thought leadership, intellectual inquiry and educational activities that the school must conduct in the coming years to meet the cybersecurity community's needs. 

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Council Chair

Sam Chughtai Sam Chughtai - Managing Partner, Cascadia Pacific

Sam Chughtai is an information security leader with over two decades of experience leading global teams at IBM, Microsoft, KPMG, PWC and Fortune 100 client companies. Known for his technical expertise, business acumen and visionary approach, he is a trusted confidential cybersecurity advisor to Fortune 1,000 C-level leaders. Sam has co-authored books on cybersecurity with CIOs of Facebook, VMware and Symantec. He has extensive experience with:

  • Building next generation behavior analytics and artificial intelligence driven security operations for international organizations public sector clients including smart cities.
  • Privacy & security audits, IOT, forensic and led critical incident response investigations.
  • “Intelligence driven defense in depth and cyber kill chain defense” methodology including CSIRT operations.
  • Leading in highly regulated SAAS environment including FISMA, FedRamp, NIST, CJIS, PCI, HIPPA, SOX, CPNI and NERC CIP.

Sam serves as Advisor, Centre for Commercialization "Comotion", University of Washington, and has previously served on the Bellevue College Foundation.

Council members

Richard M. “Dick” Lake Richard M. “Dick” Lake - Director of Global Security, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dick Lake serves as the Director of Global Security for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - one of the largest private foundations in the world. Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. The mission of the foundation’s Global Security Team is to consistently deliver a secure working environment for our employees and partners globally so they can realize their full potential and fulfill the foundation’s overall mission and for the Global Security Team to be recognized as a full mission partner.

Prior to joining the foundation, Dick served for over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps retiring as a Major General with assignments as a general officer at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and in joint/interagency assignments in Washington, D.C. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of command and staff assignments as an infantry, intelligence and foreign area officer in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Africa including training, humanitarian, crisis, contingency and combat operations.

His formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from The Citadel, a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and an honorary doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. Dick is a graduate of a variety of professional schools including the Marine Corps Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Intelligence Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also graduated from the Norwegian Army Staff College and the Norwegian Armed Forces Staff College as well as serving as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Seminar.

Dave Estlick Dave Estlick - CISO, Starbucks

Dave is responsible for the global infrastructure and enterprise security programs in more than 50 countries across 5 continents. He is currently leading the transformation of infrastructure and information protection to a services based organization, providing increased efficiencies in the areas of compute, storage, network, risk, privacy, compliance and mobility.

Dave has over 20 years of experience in software development, architecture, risk and security gained through a variety of technical and leadership roles at organizations including PetSmart, Amazon, Sun Microsystems and Boeing. He has successfully led several organizations in their efforts towards PCI compliance and presently sits on the PCI Security Standards Organization’s Board of Advisors representing Starbucks.

Dave earned bachelor degrees from the University of Montana in both Computer Science and Business Finance. Additionally, he holds several industry certifications including: certified information systems security professional (CISSP), certified security software lifecycle professional (CSSLP), certified information system auditor (CISA), Certified information security manager (CISM) and certified information privacy professional (CIPP).

Charles Chen Charles Chen - Senior Advisor, Technology Innovation and cyber security, US Department of State

Charles Chen is a senior advisor for the US Department of State, providing guidance in leading a more dynamic, engaging workforce in digital media outreach and collaborations. He initiated the first secure wireless communications with integrated identity service management for the State Department. His current technology initiatives include cloud infrastructure, cloud security and identity management. Prior to joining the federal government, he spent time in building carrier grade telecommunication networks, Voice over IP, infrastructure security and satellite communications. He received his bachelors from UCLA and MS(c) in Health Informatics from Northwestern University. He holds MCSE, CCNP, CEH, CISSP and COR Level II certifications.

Shiv Batra Shiv Batra - Transportation Commissioner, State of Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed Shiv Batra, as a Transportation Commissioner of State of Washington.

“Our state is experiencing population growth and a strong economy – it means we’re doing great things that attract great people to Washington, but it also means more demand on our already strained transportation system, ” Gov. Inslee said. “We must continually assess better ways to move people and goods. Shiv experiences these challenges every day, and has the skill set and expertise to enhance the commission’s work on congestion management and long-term funding sustainability for our statewide transportation system.”

Mr. Batra has lived in Washington state for 37 years and currently resides on Mercer Island with his family. He has graduate and post-graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska. He is currently semi-retired, and serves as executive vice president at Tetra Tech Engineering, Inc. Prior to this post, he served as president and CEO of Bellevue based INCA Engineers, Inc. for 25 years, where he played a key role in establishing the company’s impressive reputation in the professional Architectural/ Engineering community. In February 2008, INCA became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tetra Tech, a large publicly-owned engineering company based in Pasadena, California. He and his wife are very active in many local and international non-profit organizations.

Mr. Batra has been a prominent advocate and active member of the U.S. engineering community for more than three decades. He is a member of numerous professional organizations that serve the engineering and construction industries and has served as president, committee chair and board member for many of them.

Joseph Williams Joseph Williams - ICT Sector Lead, State of Washington

Joseph Williams is the ICT Sector Lead for Governor Jay Inslee. Previously the dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, Dr. Williams is a former executive at Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. In his current role he is working to help the State of Washington develop its cybersecurity industry cluster.


Chris Grant Chris Grant - CISO, Group Health Cooperative

Chris Grant is CISO for Group Health Cooperative, an integrated payer and provider of healthcare in the Puget Sound area and across Washington state. Prior to joining Group Health, he spent time in security leadership functions in several industry verticals besides healthcare, including telecommunications and financial services. Grant serves on the IT program advisory committee for Green River College as well as the supervisory committee for Salal Credit Union.


Sean Murphy Sean Murphy - VP and CISO, Premera Blue Cross

Sean Murphy is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle, WA. He is considered a healthcare information security expert and has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of healthcare organizational settings. He’s also a retired Air Force Officer (Medical Service Corps). Sean has a master’s degree in business administration (advanced IT concentration) from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland. He’s the author of “Healthcare Information Security and Privacy.” Sean is also a past chairman of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee. He holds several industry-recognized certifications including CISSP-ISSMP, HCISPP, CIPT, FACHE and CPHIMS.

Brian Ivie Brian Ivie - Chief Information Security Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Responsibilities include all strategic design and operational delivery of information security and supplier risk management for the BMGF. Additionally, Brian is responsible for expanding the BMGF's security cooperation between the private and philanthropic sectors.


Vanessa Pegueros Vanessa Pegueros - VP and CISO, DocuSign

Vanessa Pegueros is currently VP and CISO for DocuSign, helping to lead the company in providing an industry-leading security program to its customers. Pegueros formally worked with U.S. Bank as the senior VP responsible for enterprise information security and a team of more than 120 people. She also was the CISO at Expedia and has held senior-level security roles with Washington Mutual, Cingular and AT&T Wireless. She has held numerous other roles specifically within the wireless arena including network planning, architecture and engineering, technical sales, and product development. She has an MBA from Stanford University, an M.S. in telecommunication from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. in engineering from UC Berkeley. She holds GSEC, CRISC, CISM and CISSP security certifications as well as a CIPP/E privacy certification.

Stefan Richards Stefan Richards - CISO, State of Oregon

Stefan leads the Enterprise Security Office under the Office of the State CIO, providing security leadership and enterprise security operations across Oregon State government. His responsibilities include driving state-wide information security policy, procedures and standards, coordinating State security efforts with federal and local resources, including FBI, DHS and military, managing state-level security compliance programs, and heading the security operations of the State data center, serving over 100+ agencies, boards and commissions.

Neil Bryden Neil Bryden - Chief Security Strategist, Pacific Region, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Neil Bryden is the Chief Security Strategist – Pacific Region within the enterprise security product business unit at HPE. In this role, he is responsible for driving strategic initiatives for the ESP security strategy group and providing thought leadership and insight regarding the ever-changing global threat landscape. He advises several CISOs of HPE customers regarding their security strategy.

Prior to joining HP in 2013, Neil served as global information security officer and the U.S. firm’s CISO for KPMG LLP. In this role, he held executive-level responsibility for an information security program that covered 110,000 employees in 140 countries. During his time at KPMG, he was instrumental in maturing the information security program, including the establishment of a software security assurance program, the development of an information security controls architecture to enable greater business flexibility while still controlling the risks, and the integration of an information breach response program into the firm’s overall crisis management plan.

Neil is a 30-year veteran of the information risk and security industry and has a proven record of designing, implementing and managing transformation programs for clients and internally. Prior to taking on the CISO role, he was the U.S. partner-in-charge of KPMG’s external facing information security and privacy services practice, where he assisted numerous CISOs in the design, implementation and maturation of their security programs.

Joe Weinstein Joe Weinstein - Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

Joe represents companies in corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions and divestitures, focusing particularly on transactions involving family or closely held businesses, private equity funds and international businesses. Joe has substantial experience in food-related industries and assists clients with the purchase, sale and finance of such companies. He was named 2012 Seattle “Lawyer of the Year” in M&A Law and has been consistently nominated as a “Super Lawyer” since 2006. Joe Weinstein has been named 2016’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law. Joe's clients include: Endeavour Capital, Joshua Green Corp., Westward Seafoods, Inc, GenNx360, Merck & Co. and National Frozen Foods Corp. A partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Joe also serves as the firm’s General Counsel.

Margaret F. Hopkins Margaret F. Hopkins - VP and CIO, Puget Sound Energy

Margaret Hopkins is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy, Inc.

As VP and CIO, Margaret is responsible for leading PSE’s technology and cyber security strategy and delivering solutions that enable business process improvement.

Margaret’s previous positions include technology and leadership roles at Philip Morris, The Chubb Corporation and Safeco Insurance.

Margaret is dedicated to developing future leaders in the community and workplace. She has been an executive mentor to the Executive Development Institute of Seattle’s Puget Sound Region, where she provided professional coaching and mentoring services to mid-senior-level leaders.

She holds a degree from The Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Glenn Bowers Glenn Bowers - President, iSoftStone North America

Mr. Bowers serves as the President for iSoftStone Inc. In his role, Mr. Bowers is responsible for establishing the strategic direction, business development and operational oversight for iSoftStone’s North America operations.

Mr. Bowers has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, product development and consulting services across a variety of industries including public safety, health services, finance, wireless communications, biometrics/security and legal services.

Prior to joining iSoftStone, Mr. Bowers was the Chief Technology Officer at 4Care Solutions, a start-up company focused on providing a cloud-based solution for mental health professionals. As a member of the executive team, Mr. Bowers was responsible for establishing the technical strategy and implementation of 4Care Solutions product line. Prior to this role, Mr. Bowers was the Director of Engineering for Zetron, Inc. where he was responsible for the management of Zetron’s global engineering teams.

Mr. Bowers holds a MBA degree from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho.