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Interview with Amanda Keammerer, new cybersecurity VP at San Antonio (Texas) Chamber of Commerce

Amanda Keammerer

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday that Amanda Keammerer, who has served in an acting role since January, has been named as the Chamber’s permanent vice president of cybersecurity and director of the Chamber’s CyberSecurity San Antonio.

“Amanda joined my team less than two years ago and has since become one of the business community’s most important cybersecurity assets,” stated San Antonio Chamber president and chief executive (CEO) Richard Perez in an announcement. “From strengthening relationships to increasing our region’s global name recognition, Amanda plays an important role in elevating San Antonio’s contributions to local and national security.”

Keammerer is a native San Antonian who possesses a strong background in federal cybersecurity and information technology (IT) policy. She returned to San Antonio in 2017 after spending 13 years on the East Coast, including eight years working for nonprofits and in the U.S. federal government. As a political appointee, she helped develop cybersecurity and information technology policy across the federal government. Keammerer advised the federal chief information officer in the Office of Management and Budget during former President Barack Obama’s administration.  She also managed community relations at the national office for League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and led digital marketing initiatives at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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“Over the past five months, Amanda ensured our cybersecurity community was well-represented and connected, no matter the occasion,” stated CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams who is also the 2019 Chair of the San Antonio Chamber. “From meetings at the White House during the SA to DC Chamber-sponsored visit to cybersecurity policy discussions in Austin during the recent 86th Texas Legislature, as well as  briefing military commanders on the ecosystem’s accomplishments and capabilities – Amanda has greatly contributed to our cybersecurity ecosystem’s growth and success.”

After serving for a little over a year as deputy to Will Garrett, the previous CyberSecurity San Antonio director, Keammerer became acting director once Garrett left in January to become vice president of cybersecurity development at Port San Antonio.

Garrett helped establish CyberSecurity San Antonio in 2015 as the San Antonio Chamber’s public-private partnership. Its mission is to advance the city’s cybersecurity industry by supporting workforce development efforts, connecting industry to academia and other partners, and highlighting San Antonio as a cybersecurity hub.

Keammerer talked with Startups San Antonio about how CyberSecurity San Antonio works on its five core focus areas: Innovation and economic development, military and government affairs, global engagement, talent and workforce development, and sustainability.

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