Jordan Rae Kelly is a Senior Managing Director in the Cybersecurity practice at FTI Consulting and is based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kelly has more than 12 years of experience managing cyber policy planning and coordinating incident response.
At FTI Consulting, Ms. Kelly advises clients on a broad range of cybersecurity and data privacy matters involving breaches, insider threats, intellectual property, crisis communications, vendor management, compliance, regulation, risk management, and forensic investigations.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Kelly served as the Director for Cyber Incident Response on the National Security Council at the White House. During her tenure there, she was responsible for both national incident response coordination, as well as management of the U.S. Government’s process for managing zero-day exploits. She was also a chief author of the National Cyber Strategy, the first of its kind in the United States in 15 years.
While at the National Security Council, Ms. Kelly served as a subject matter expert and chief liaison within the U.S. Government as it addressed the data privacy and extraterritoriality issues exemplified in the legal case Microsoft Corp. v. United States. Specifically, she managed the process within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government to review legislative options to resolve the underlying legal question behind the case through modifications to the U.S. Stored Communications Act. Ms. Kelly then worked closely with officials from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State to champion the proposed legislative option, known as the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act), through liaison with Congress and key stakeholders in the private sector technology community. The CLOUD Act was subsequently enacted into law, alleviating uncertainties previously associated with modern day cross-border data sharing in the United States.
Before joining the National Security Council in 2017, Ms. Kelly served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Strategic Initiatives in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Cyber Division, where she managed daily operations and strategic and policy planning for the FBI’s national cyber program. Prior to her 10-year tenure at the FBI, she was a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel at the Y-12 National Security Complex, a Department of Energy facility in Tennessee.
Ms. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wake Forest University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as an author and editor for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law.