Mr. Painter has been on the vanguard of cyber issues for over 25 years. As the Secretary’s first Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Mr. Painter coordinates and leads the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet. He works closely with other U.S. agencies, the White House, the private sector and civil society to implement the President’s International Strategy for Cyberspace and ensures that U.S. foreign policy positions on cross-cutting cyber issues are synchronized. These issues include promoting norms of responsible state behavior and cyber stability, advancing cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime, promoting multi-stakeholder Internet governance, advancing Internet freedom, and building global capacity on these issues.
Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Painter served in the White House as Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator in the National Security Council. Mr. Painter began his federal career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles where he led significant cybercrime prosecutions. He subsequently helped lead policy efforts in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the F.B.I.’s Cyber Division. Mr. Painter is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University.