Sharon Cardash

Deputy Director
Center for Cyber and Homeland Security


As a core member of the senior leadership team of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, Sharon L. Cardash has played a key role in growing the Center's issue portfolio, profile, and impact, in the United States and internationally. Since joining the Center in 2005, Cardash has generated many of its signature products, and designed or managed many of its marquee activities, together with internal and external partners—including stakeholders in academia, the U.S. government, the private sector, and the diplomatic community.

Before joining the Center, Cardash served as Security Policy Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Prior to that, she worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where she managed task forces on counterterrorism and cybersecurity. Her writings on those issues and others—such as critical infrastructure, emerging threats, homeland security strategy, intelligence, preparedness and resilience—have been published by major newspapers and networks, scholarly journals, policy magazines, trade journals, and industry associations.

Cardash holds a Law degree (J.D.) from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree (M.Phil.) in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in International Relations from the University of Toronto. She clerked for Justice Joseph T. Robertson, then of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada.