Chad Sweet is a founding partner of the MC2 Security Fund, where he serves as the Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee, as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm and investment bank exclusively focused on the security sector. Chad founded The Chertoff Group’s private equity investment business and has originated, executed and/or served as a Board member on each of the Group’s and of MC2 ‘s portfolio companies. These have included Board service for each of Delta Risk, Coalfire, ZP Group, DMI and ThayerMahan. In addition, from 2015-20, Chad also served as the Chairman of the proxy board of Trustwave Government Solutions, LLC.
Chad formerly served as Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this leadership role, Chad helped Secretary Michael Chertoff manage one of the largest federal agencies with approximately 220,000 dedicated homeland security professionals and an annual budget of over $50 billion. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Chad worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.
After leaving DHS, Secretary Chertoff and Chad co-founded The Chertoff Group to consult with companies and governments on security, including cybersecurity, as well as to advise on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the security industry. With over a decade of investment banking experience, Chad has completed more than 40 successful sell- and buy-side M&A and capital formation engagements.
Chad is a member of The Association for Corporate Growth National Capital Chapter, GEN NEXT, and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) – U.S. Capital Chapter. He is also a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, a Member of the FBI’s InfraGard Advisory Board, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, and a frequent commentator on national security issues for CNN, FOX, and CNBC.
Chad holds a B.A. in Political Science with honors from Columbia University.