NASS 2019 Winter Conference

Fairmont Georgetown

Feb 1 - Feb 4


Washington, DC


Fairmont Georgetown


Register Now for the 2019 NASS Winter Conference!

Early Registration Rates -
SOS/Lt. Governor/Emeritus Member $500
Staff/Govt./Non-Profit $500
NASS Corporate Affiliate $500
Corporate Non-Member $1100
Guest/Spouse $350

A late registration fee of $100 per person will be added after Thursday, January 10, 2019. Online registration ends on Friday, January 25, 2019. Cancellations received by 5 PM EST on Friday, January 25, 2019 will be refunded less a $50 processing fee (processing fee only applies to payments made originally with a credit card). Cancellations received after January 25, 2019 and No-Shows will NOT receive refunds.

To register as Press/Media please contact Maria Benson, NASS Communications Director at Media guidelines will be sent to those who register.

Hotel Reservations:

Fairmont Georgetown
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-429-2400 (mention NASS Winter Conference when booking)

Click Here to Book Now

The NASS rate at the Fairmont Georgetown is $181 per night, plus 14.5% tax. Rate is guaranteed through January 10, 2019, or until the room block sells out. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel/travel arrangements. To make reservations by phone, call 202-429-2400 and mention NASS Winter conference to receive the discounted rate. Any cancellations, no-shows or early departures without 48-hours advance notice will result in the forfeiture of one night deposit.


The Fairmont Georgetown is approx. 5 miles from Reagan National Airport (DCA). Please arrange your own ground transportation.

Taxi - To/from the airport is approx. $25 one way.
Uber/Lyft - Both are available at Reagan National Airport. Rates vary.
Parking - Valet parking at the hotel overnight is $56 daily.
Metro - From Reagan National Airport (DCA) take the Blue Line towards Largo Town Center. Exit the Metro at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. After exiting, walk towards 24th St. NW. Turn right onto 24th St. NW and walk approximately ½ mile. The Fairmont Georgetown will be on the left.


Exhibit space is SOLD-OUT for this event.

Exhibit tables will be located in the Imperial Foyer at the Fairmont Georgetown. NASS will provide approx. 8'x10' space with skirted 6' table and two chairs. Exhibitors are responsible for ordering their own electricity. Wireless Internet access will be available for use in the meeting space. Space is limited to 20 exhibitors and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in January. Please contact Jay Sachs, PSAV (
jbsachs@PSAV.COM or 614-570-5948) to order electricity. Click here for exhibitor guide and shipping information.

Event Agenda:

Agenda is subject to change. Committee meetings are open to all attendees, unless otherwise noted. Conference dress is business attire. Valid conference ID badge is required for entry to ALL meetings & events. State government NASS members may attend NASED meetings free of charge.

Jan 31st

Thursday - Executive Board Meeting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Executive Board Meeting & Reception
Dumbarton Room (3rd Fl.)

Feb 1st

Friday - Day 1

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC) Meeting
Ballroom I

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Election Infrastructure Joint GCC-SCC Meeting
Ballroom I

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Expo/Demo Set-Up
Imperial Foyer

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

New Member Orientation & Reception with NASS Executive Board
Roosevelt Room

Feb 2nd

Saturday - Day 2

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Breakfast with Presentation & Discussion: Insights from Local Election Officials

Presentation and discussion featuring previews from a forthcoming Democracy Fund 2018 Local Election Official survey report and expert reaction. Several key areas will be highlighted including: perspectives on voter engagement, attitudes towards election reforms, and the evolution of their role over time. 

Moderated By:  Ms. Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor for the Elections Program, Democracy Fund

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

General Session: Election Reform in the 116th Congress - Legislative Staff Panel
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderated By: Ms. Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, NASS

  • Ms. Elizabeth Hira, Majority Elections Counsel, House Administration Committee

  • Ms. Kimberly Betz, Minority General Counsel, House Administration Committee 

  • Mr. Raymond O’Mara, Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Sarbanes (invited) 

  • Ms. Jackie Barber, Majority Chief Counsel, Senate Rules Committee

  • Mr. Jacob Barton, Professional Staff, Senate Select Intelligence Committee

  • Ms. Lindsey Kerr, Democratic Chief Counsel, Senate Rules Committee 

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Corporate Affiliate Expo Showcase
Imperial Foyer

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch: The National Archives Foundation "Rightfully Her's" Women's Suffrage Initiative 

  • Mr. Jim Doumas, Deputy Executive Director, the National Archives Foundation 

  • Ms. Mattie Gainer, Programs & Communications Manager, the National Archives Foundation 

  • Ms. Rachel Colombana, Director of Corporate & Institutional Giving, the National Archives Foundation

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Elections Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Committee Business

  • 2019 State Legislative Trends for Election Reform – What We’re Seeing, What We Expect
    Ms. Wendy Underhill, Director, Elections and Redistricting, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

  • Meet the Commissioners of the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) – Plans and Resources for 2019
    Hon. Thomas Hicks, Chairman, US Election Assistance Commission
    Hon. Benjamin Hovland, Commissioner, US Election Assistance Commission
    Hon. Donald L. Palmer, Commissioner, US Election Assistance Commission

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Cybersecurity Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Cyber Safety for the Modern Secretary of State Office: The NIST Cybersecurity Framework
    Mr. Geoff Hale, Cybersecurity Strategy and Integration Program Manager, US Department of Homeland Security

  • The Perspective of a Cybersecurity Expert
    Mr. Beau Woods, Cyber Safety Innovation Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, The Atlantic Council

  • Cyber Work Force Prospects – Recently Released Active Duty Military Cyber/Intel Veterans
    Mr. Coy Coley, MPM, former DOD Deputy Branch Chief (US Army Vet.)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Reception at the Embassy of New Zealand
37 Observatory Cir NW, Washington, DC 20008
Transportation Provided | Advance Sign-up & Conference Badge Required

Feb 3rd

Sunday - Day 3

8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Imperial Foyer

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Imperial Foyer

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Communications Training
Ballroom I

  • Ms. Tracey Madigan, Director, 15 Minutes Group

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Business Services Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Update from International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) – Issues and Topics for May 2019 Conference in New Orleans
    Ms. Carla Bonaventure, IACA President, Commercial Administrator, Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office

  • Beneficial Ownership is Back – Treasury, House and Senate Proposals
    Mr. Young Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes (TFFC), Department of Treasury
    Mr. Ben Harney, Counsel, Office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
    Mr. Jared Roscoe, Senior Banking Counsel, Office of Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

  • Business ID Theft – Trends, State Legislation and State Agency Cooperation
    Ms. Terri Steenblock, Compliance Manager, Federation of Tax Administrators

  • Committee Discussion: Common Scams, new GTLDs, Potential Applications for Blockchain


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

NASS Awards Luncheon Featuring the Presentation of the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award to Hon. Dan Evans, Former Governor of Washington & Hon. Ralph Munro, Former Washington Secretary of State

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

CLOSED SESSION - International Relations Committee
Kennedy Ballroom

  • Committee Business:
    Consideration of TECRO proposal to host 2019 NASS delegation to Taiwan

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

CLOSED SESSION - Communications Staff Roundtable

  • Social Media Tools and 2018 Election Information 
    Ms. Eva Guidarini, U.S. Politics & Government Outreach Associate, Facebook
    Mr. Mike Hogan, Product Manager, Facebook

    Mr. Kevin Kane, Public Policy Manager, Twitter 
    Mr. Mike Ward, VP Voter Engagement, Democracy Works

  • Belfer Center Update
    Ms. Siobhan Gorman, Partner, Brunswick Group
    Mr. Jordan D'Amato, Executive Director, Defending Digital Democracy Project
    Ms. Mari Dugas, Project Coordinator, Defending Digital Democracy Project

  • Secretary of State Communications Discussion

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Afternoon Break
Imperial Foyer

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Awards Committee

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Workshop: Proper Greetings and Other Protocol Tips for International Delegations
Ballroom I

  • Mr. Lawrence Dunham, Former Assistant Chief of Protocol, U.S. State Department 

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Workshop: 2018 in Review – Looking Back and Moving Forward
Kennedy Ballroom

Moderated By: Mr. David Becker, Executive Director and Founder, Center for Election Innovation & Research

  • Public Information and Voter Registration Databases: New laws, New limitations or More Access
    Hon. Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State, Rhode Island
    Mr. Mark Rotenberg, President and Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

  • Signature Verification and Processing Absentee Ballots: Methods, Postmarks, Processing and Tabulating Timetables
    Hon. Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington
    Ms. Amber McReynolds, Executive Director, National Vote at Home Institute

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Election Security 101 New Secretaries and Election Staff Overview
Ballroom I

Moderated By: Mr. Matt Masterson, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, US Department of Homeland Security

  • Overview of Resources and the Election Security Work Done to Date by Election Officials Around the Country 
    Learn about resources from NASS, DHS, the Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC) and the Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), Harvard’s Belfer Center and much more.

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Corporate Affiliate/ Secretaries Only Reception

Feb 4th

Monday - Day 4

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Securities Committee

  • Preemption Provisions in Proposed Federal Legislation

  • Financial Technology Issues

  • Data Security and Privacy Issues

  • Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Actions

  • Fiduciary Standard

  • NASS Recognition of NASAA on their 100th Anniversary (1919-2019)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Expo/Demo Tear Down
Imperial Foyer

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - Secretaries-Only Session
Ballroom I

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CLOSED SESSION - SOS Staff-Only Session

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Break
Imperial Foyer

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Business Meeting
Kennedy Ballroom
Members will vote on business items adopted by NASS committees.