Senior Cybersecurity Program Manager
Evan Summers is the Senior Cybersecurity Program Manager at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where he works with both NDI staff and partner organizations to design and integrate cybersecurity best practices into the Institute's programs. In addition to conducting risk assessments, trainings, and building organizational cybersecurity policies, Evan engages with tool developers, tech platforms, global policy decision-making bodies, and the wider digital security community to both elevate the risks and concerns of NDI's partners, and to ensure they have the right tools to help them safely and securely conduct their work.
Prior to re-joining NDI, Evan worked at Public Agenda, supporting U.S.-based civic organizations on the secure integration of technology into public engagement initiatives. Evan previously spent time at NDI working on civic technology and cybersecurity programs, and interned at the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, where he researched the changing relationship between humanitarian data and the information ecosystems of affected communities. He has also previously worked as a field reporter for Radio Mega FM in Gulu, Uganda, and as a production intern for public affairs news programming at Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) in Kansas City, Missouri.
Evan has a B.A. in International Relations with a focus on development and sustainability from Carleton College, where he completed independent research on the impediments to humanitarian information sharing and the role of media in the development of democratic institutions.