Kirsten Bay Francissen develops and leads investment, policy, and thought leadership projects for national security initiatives. She brings 15 years of strategic process and organizational policy experience in financial services and risk management to lead consulting projects and develop policy models for information and national security programs. Francissen represents the University of Detroit Mercy's NSA Center of Excellence as the director of strategic initiatives, and has written policy initiatives for the financial services sector and CNAS/CSIS information collaboration studies. She is a frequent speaker on applied economics and its relationship to cyber and national security.