A nationally recognized homeland security expert and a member of President George W. Bush’s administration, Ed Cash currently serves as the President and Founder of Frontier Security Strategies, a prestigious homeland security and public safety consulting firm where he assists clients in all aspects of business development and marketing within federal, state, and local government markets.
Ed’s career in homeland security started during the early days of President Bush’s administration. As the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), he served as the liaison between the nation’s governors, mayors, county officials, and state and local first responders. Ed worked with constituents to coordinate DHS’s policies on prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery from terrorist incidents and natural disasters and with national organizations that represent state and local governments, police, fire, and emergency management professionals.
As a founding member of DHS, Ed created and managed the Department’s first Office of Advance and served as its Director of Advance Operations under Tom Ridge, who was appointed Secretary of the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Ed established DHS advance policies for all domestic and international events for the Secretary and served as the liaison between the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and other entities critical to the Secretary’s security, travel, and planning.
As a member of the advance teams for President Bush and Vice President Cheney, Ed was responsible for successful coordination of White House logistics, press, and communications staffs, the White House Military Office, and the Secret Service. He also worked in various capacities in the administration of former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci.
Transitioning to the private sector, Ed was the Vice President of Business Development at CRA, Inc. where he served as the lead client relationship manager for all DHS, state, local and private sector clients and led all business development functions. He also served as chief representative at all events and meetings involving DHS, DOD, state, local, and private sector officials and as Senior Advisor to the CRA Chief Executive Officer, advising on strategic direction of the company regarding personnel decisions and resource allocations.
Prior to joining CRA, Ed served as the Director of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Business Development for the Intelligence and Security Sector of BAE Systems Inc. He was responsible for coordinating business development activities within the homeland security and federal, state, and local law enforcement markets. As a Senior Consultant at SRA International’s Touchstone Consulting Group, Ed acted as the primary point of contact and senior advisor between the Department of Homeland Security and Touchstone Consulting Group.
Ed is the Founder of the Tom Ridge Foundation, a non-profit homeland security charitable organization and the Founder of the Homeland Security Bipartisan Collaboration, a semi-annual event that congregates hundreds of current and former homeland security officials including former Secretaries of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Janet Napolitano, Michael Chertoff, and Tom Ridge.
Ed graduated from Salem State College and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Executive Development Program.