Chertoff Group lands two more DHS veterans
Nicolle Sciara Rippeon has joined The Chertoff Group as a director.
A former chief of staff to the assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Homeland Security, Rippeon will specialize in providing clients advice in the areas of border security, global trade and supply chain security, technology and the homeland security market.
She most recently worked for ABM LLC, a lobbying firm that helped companies seeking contracts to support border security and immigration programs at DHS.
The Chertoff Group, based in Washington, provides strategic management consulting to organizations with security needs, as well as mergers and acquisition research for firms in the security industry. It was founded by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. Among the firm's principals is Jayson Ahern, who retired 14 months ago as acting commissioner of CBP.
Before transferring to DHS headquarters, Rippeon was director of the Office of Policy and Planning at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and chief of staff for then-CBP Commissioner Robert Bonner.
She previously was a lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where Bonner was a partner before become head of U.S. Customs.
Bonner is a senior principal at Sentinel HS Group, a strategic consulting firm founded by ex-CBP policy official Brian Goebel.
The Chertoff Group also announced the hiring of Cindy Farkus, who was executive advisor to DHS under secretary of intelligence and analysis.
She was responsible for assisting and directing special projects involving the Transportation Security Administration and threats to the nation's transportation systems while also increasing the intelligence capabilities throughout the department. She served as liaison to the intelligence community regarding DHS actions and reviewed intelligence products related to transportation security threats from across the federal government.
Farkus also served as DHS acting assistant secretary for international affairs as well as assistant administrator for the Office of Global Strategies and assistant administrator for the Office of Intelligence at TSA.