President-Elect Joe Biden has tapped Pikesville resident Anne Neuberger to serve in the newly created role of deputy national security adviser for cybersecurity in his incoming National Security Council, according to media reports.
A career intelligence officer, Neuberger has served since 2019 as the National Security Agency’s director of cybersecurity directorate at Fort George G. Meade.
The granddaughter of Auschwitz survivors, Neuberger, 44, who belongs to Pikesville’s Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim, has worked at the NSA for more than a decade.
During her career, she helped establish the U.S. Cyber Command and worked as the NSA’s first chief risk officer, where she led the agency’s election security efforts for the 2018 midterms.
In her new role with the NSC, Neuberger will be responsible for coordinating the government’s cybersecurity efforts.
Neuberger, who is also known as Chani, is originally from the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Borough Park, where she attended a Bais Yaakov day school for girls, according to the Yeshiva World News. She is a graduate of Touro College in New York and Columbia Business School, and worked in the White House Fellows program.
Neuberger is the founder of Sister to Sister, a nonprofit that operates in Orthodox communities around the country to serve single mothers who are not prepared to support a family.
She and her husband, Yehuda Neuberger, a local attorney, have two children. They moved to the Baltimore area in 2005.
Yehuda Neuberger is the grandson of Rabbi Herman Naftali Neuberger, the late president of Pikesville’s Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a highly influential figure in the international Orthodox community.
In addition, Yehuda Neuberger’s uncle is Rabbi Moshe Hauer, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union and former spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion in Park Heights.
According to the Times of Israel, Anne Neuberger’s parents, Rivki and Mendel Yitzhak Karfunkel, were among the Air France flight passengers rescued by Israeli commandos from Uganda’s Entebbe Airport in 1976. The flight was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
“My parents had American passports, but because my father wore a kippah they knew he was Jewish and decided to keep him, too,” she told the Forward in a 2018 interview. “A military operation brought my parents home. Sometimes, that’s the only option.”
In the same interview, Neuberger said, “Threats from those that want to cause us harm are real and not going away. We have a commitment to defending our nation in lawful ways. Our nation needs to remain vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity. The NSA makes critical contributions to protect the nation.”