Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan
A former federal prosecutor and senior Congressional advisor, Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan, Partner, is a sought-after expert in technology, security, and sports/fitness policy. She is known for her politcal acumen and ability to help clients navigate the intersection of politics, policy, media and technology. She has authored several chapters of books and articles and is a frequent speaker on the issues affecting our nation’s security, technology, commerce, sports, and entertainment markets. She has extensive experience in cybersecurity, national security, law enforcement, immigration, media, telecommunications, Internet, diversity, outdoor and sports activities, and privacy issues.
Prior to joining Monument Policy Group in 2008, Jessica served as the Staff Director and General Counsel for the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she oversaw the legislative, policy and oversight activities of the Committee’s staff. She was also the principal staff liaison for the Committee with congressional leadership and the Administration, including with the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.
Jessica has also served as Senior Counsel at the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she focused on technology issues and led the Section’s cybercrime investigation team. She was one of the government’s leading experts on critical infrastructure protection, CFIUS, and electronic evidence gathering. She also served as vice-chair on the U.S. Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) Experts Group on International Information Security and represented the United States on security and privacy issues at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (“APEC”) and the Organization of American States (“OAS”). Jessica also was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney working on fraud and public corruption cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to her government service, Jessica worked at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practiced communications, government contracts, intellectual property, and energy law. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law at American University and at the American Military University. She is a Fellow at the Center for National Policy and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jessica is on the Advisory Board of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the ABA’s Committee on E-Privacy Law and is on the ABA's Science & Technology Division Council.
In addition, Jessica is active in the Hispanic community, having served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. and as Region V (DC, MD, VA, WV) President for the Hispanic National Bar Association. She has been named three times (2000, 2002, 2008) by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Immigration Task Force.
A native of Port Arthur, Texas, she received her JD from Harvard Law School and her BA with distinction in American Studies from Yale University. She holds a 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is an active markswoman, cyclist, and poet. She and her husband Thomas Flanigan have two children.