GridEx V State After-Action Workshop

Washington, D.C. | January 14-15, 2020

Governors can play a critical role during a widespread electrical grid outage. The goal of this project is to help states improve their ability to respond and recover from such an event. State teams work with the NGA Center to identify best practices and solutions and identify action steps to address challenges discovered. NGA will subsequently share lessons learned with other states.



  • Welcome Remarks and Introductions
    • Sue Gander, Director, Energy, Infrastructure, and Environment, National Governors Association
    • Jeff McLeod, Director, Homeland Security and Public Safety, National Governors Association
    • Brandi Martin, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response
  • Setting the Stage: Overviews of the GridEx V Exercise
    • Matt Duncan, Manager, Policy and Coordination, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)
    • Laura Schepis, Senior Director, National Security, Edison Electric Institute
    • Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Director, American Public Power Association (APPA)
    • Peter Bloniarz, Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Cyber Security Advisory Board, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • State Perspectives on GridEx V
  • Triaging and Supporting Resource Requests between Public and Private Entities
    • Barry Lawson, Senior Director – Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
    • Brad Richy, Director, Idaho Office of Emergency Management
    • Dan Sadler, Director, Security Operations Support, Exelon
    • Fred Ferrer, Member, Department of Homeland Security State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Resource Requests and Coordination
  • Public Messaging: Unity of Messaging
  • Roundtable Discussion: Maximizing State Engagement in in GridEx V
    • Jake Schmitter, Senior Manager, E-ISAC Training and Exercises, NERC
  • State Team Time Session 1
  • Change Management and Corrective Action Implementation
    • Eli Pushkarewicz, Continuous Improvement Analyst, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Understanding Public-Private Cyber-Response Capabilities
    • Peter Bloniarz, Executive Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Cyber Security Advisory Board, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
    • Lt. Col. Isaac Martinez, Chief Information Officer, Colorado National Guard
    • Jonathan Bransky, Representative, Edison Electric Institute
    • Chad Laidlaw, Senior Advisor to the Chief Security Officer, Michigan
  • Cross-Jurisdictional and Regional Coordination During Energy Emergencies
    • Sam Rozenberg, Engineering Services Security Director, APPA
    • Paige Schilling, Public Safety Center Manager, National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium
    • Vincent M. Voci, Cyber Policy Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • State Team Time Session 2
  • State Round Robin, Recap, and Parting Thoughts