Michael Beland was appointed to be Senior Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security in May 2010. In April 2011, he was named Chief of Staff of the Office of Infrastructure Protection. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Beland was Subcommittee Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection of the Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives and Counsel to the Committee's Chairman. In these positions, he helped to author several pieces of legislation, including the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the Chemical Facility Security Act of 2009, and the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2009. Prior to joining the Committee, he was a law fellow at the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland where he specialized in the legal transfer of sensitive information among the private sector and all levels of government. From New Hampshire, Mr. Beland was a member of the staff of the New Hampshire Governor, John H. Lynch, following his inauguration in 2005. Mr. Beland previously taught American Government and Political Theory at the summer program at Choate Rosemary Hall. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2001; attended the London School of Economics and Political Science; and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New Hampshire.