Prior to joining Arent Fox, Alex was the staff director of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee. In that role, he managed the professional staff, attorneys, and policy advisors for the subcommittee that oversees the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to secure critical infrastructure, including all activities related to cybersecurity, technology development, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense.
As part of his duties, Alex planned and carried out congressional hearings related to protecting the nation’s electricity grid, natural gas pipeline system, and the databases of educational and health care institutions. He recently played a key role in the drafting of five cybersecurity bills that will bolster the security of the federal information systems as well as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Act that will improve the security of US chemical supplies. All six bills were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2014.
Alex also served as legislative director and chief foreign policy and homeland security advisor for Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and as professional staff on the National Security Subcommittee of the House Government Reform Committee.
While in the private sector, Alex represented a multinational technology and consulting corporation on federal policy issues, including cybersecurity, tax, patent reform, immigration, and trade issues.